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BMJ 1996; 313 doi: (Published 07 December 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1478
  1. Jonathan O'B Hourihane,
  2. J O Warner,
  3. T P Dean
  1. Clinical research fellow Professor Senior research fellow Child Health, University of Southampton, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton SO16 6YD

    EDITOR,—Rollo Clifford comments that the prevalence of peanut allergy in the siblings of subjects with peanut allergy is unsurprising, considering the rates of parental atopy. Our conclusion simply stated that this “probably reflects similar early exposure of offspring of atopic parents to peanuts.” Information about cousins would have been unreliable compared with that about the presenting family. The rate of proved peanut allergy in the siblings of our subjects (3/39 (8%)) is significantly higher than that in the general population1 …

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