Food challenges

  • Barbara K. Ballmer-Weber
    Corresponding author: Barbara K. Ballmer-Weber, MD, Chefärztin Allergologie, Zentrum für Dermatologie und Allergologie, Luzerner Kantonsspital Luzern, 6016 Luzern, Switzerland.
    Allergy Unit, Department of Dermatology, University Hospital, Zurich, Switzerland

    Center of Dermatology and Allergology, Luzerner Kantonsspital, Lucerne, Switzerland
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  • Kirsten Beyer
    Department of Paediatric Pneumology and Immunology, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, University Medical Center, Berlin, Germany
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      • Additional oral food challenge considerations
        Journal of Allergy and Clinical ImmunologyVol. 141Issue 6
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          We read with great interest the excellent review article by Ballmer-Weber and Beyer entitled “Food challenges.”1 We recognize that a brief “Methods of allergy and immunology” review cannot provide a comprehensive manual of operations for complex procedures, such as a diagnostic oral food challenge (OFC). We commend the authors for including a host of detail in this brief report. However, we are concerned that the necessary brevity of the review may have resulted in a focus on characteristics of high risk and research–based OFCs, resulting in comments and suggestions that may dissuade office-based practitioners from undertaking the procedure.
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