oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - An introduction to laboratory investigations for allergic conditions : review article

Volume 28, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



A wide range of laboratory investigations are available for the confirmation of atopy and the identification of a specific allergenic trigger causative of the patient's symptoms. In order to appropriately manage the patient, improving the patient's quality of life and reducing the burden on the health system, early diagnosis of allergy and identification of the allergic trigger is needed. In order to accomplish this, the clinician needs a thorough clinical history of the patient to select the most appropriate test, but also a knowledge of the test-principles and local availability of tests. This feature provides a broad overview of the principles of allergy investigations. Its purpose is to assist the general practitioner and primary healthcare workers in a meaningful, cost-effective selection of allergy investigations.

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