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Allergy to peanut, nuts, and sesame seed in Australian children

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7070.1477c (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1477
  1. R Sporik,
  2. D Hill
  1. Senior research fellow Director Department of Allergy, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 3052

    EDITOR,—Pamela W Ewan's study of nut allergy and Hugh A Sampson's accompanying editorial focus on an important public health issue.1 2 We have reviewed our database of the results of allergen skin tests undertaken by the department of allergy, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. This is the main paediatric tertiary referral service for the state of Victoria (population 4.4 million, including 943 000 children under the age of 14 years). The range of clinical problems consisted essentially of atopic eczema in infants and anaphylaxis to food in young and older children. During 1990–6 sensitisation (>/=3+, wheal diameter approximately 3 …

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