Recently, one of our allergy-immunology colleagues, Dr. Kiran Patel, from Emory presented an update on GI Diseases from an allergist viewpoint at one of our GI clinical education meetings. With his permission, many of the slides are noted below. The slides present a good deal of information, though a lot of nuance and further details were provided by Dr. Patel.
Next few slides discuss typical GI food allergies. It is not surprising that a lot of allergies manifest with GI symptoms given the amount of immune cells in the intestines and frequent interactions with foods and antigens.
This next slide points out that four of the most common food allergens (cow’s milk, egg, soy, and wheat) are frequently outgrown, whereas with peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish, it is uncommon to outgrow these allergies..
The next slide discusses potential evaluation. While the slide states that the positive predictive value of skin prick tests and serum-based IgE tests may be as high as 50%; in fact, when broad panels of allergy tests are ordered, the positive predictive value can be quite low.
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Dr. Patel did discuss the LEAP study and the LEAP-ON study which overall indicate that early antigen introduction is likely to reduce food allergies. Related blog posts:
- LEAP-ON Study
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- Peanut Allergy Prevention Guidelines | gutsandgrowth
The next few slides review Food Protein-Induced Enterocolitis Syndrome. Related blog posts:
The next few slides discuss eosinophilic esophagitis (EoE). Allergy testing has not been very helpful in most patients with EoE. Related blog posts:
- What is the role of allergy testing in EoE?
- Systemic Review of Dietary Treatments for Eosinophilic …
- Picking the right diet for EoE | gutsandgrowth
- SFED works for EoE! | gutsandgrowth
- Guidelines for Eosinophilic Esophagitis
The last part of Dr. Patel’s talk focused on GI disease (eg. inflammatory bowel disease presentation) of primary immune deficiencies. In the bottom slide, the diseases that often present with GI symptoms are boxed.
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