TITLE

Review: Skin and in vitro tests for allergic rhinitis vary widely in usefulness

AUTHOR(S)
Thien, Frank
PUB. DATE
September 2004
SOURCE
ACP Journal Club;Sep/Oct2004, Vol. 141 Issue 2, p46
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on different testing strategies for diagnosing allergic rhinitis. The studies evaluated puncture and intradermal skin tests, and in vitro tests including the phadiatop test (a second-generation in vitro test) for cat, tree, grass, mold, mite, and multiallergens. Diagnostic tests for allergic rhinitis vary considerably in sensitivity and specificity according to test type and suspected allergens. The authors conclude that a therapeutic trial of allergy medication, without diagnostic testing, is indicated as a first-line intervention when a high pretest probability exists, in view of the minimal adverse effects for these medications.
ACCESSION #
14590731

 

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