Development and comparative evaluation of a multiple-antigen RAST as a screening test for inhalant allergy

Dennis Randall Ownby, John A. Anderson, Gregory L. Jacobs, Henry A. Homburger

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We have developed a modified in vitro test for IgE antibodies, the multi-RA ST, to detect antibodies of different allergen specificities simultaneously in a single tube. The multi-RAST is as sensitive for detecting low concentrations of individual IgE antibodies as the discrete RAST. We also evaluated the multi-RAST as a screening test for respiratory allergy to inhalant allergens in children by comparing the results of the multi-RAST performed by use of a mixture of SRP, TGP, and DF allergen-immunosorbents with the results of skin tests, discrete RAST tests for the same allergens, serum total IgE concentrations, and nasal smears for eosinophils in 100 children referred for allergic-disease evaluation. The results of the multi-RAST were more sensitive, specific, and efficient than the results of tests for serum IgE concentration and nasal eosinophils in establishing the diagnosis of inhalant allergy; the multi-RAST was the only diagnostic test that yielded results that were significantly associated with the clinician's impression of allergy. We conclude that the multi-RAST is a useful and cost-effective screening test for inhalant allergy in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)466-472
Number of pages7
JournalThe Journal of allergy and clinical immunology
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1984
Externally publishedYes

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Allergens
Immunoglobulin E
Hypersensitivity
Antigens
Nose
Eosinophils
Antibodies
Immunosorbents
Skin Tests
Serum
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Costs and Cost Analysis

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  • Immunology and Allergy

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Development and comparative evaluation of a multiple-antigen RAST as a screening test for inhalant allergy. / Ownby, Dennis Randall; Anderson, John A.; Jacobs, Gregory L.; Homburger, Henry A.

In: The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology, Vol. 73, No. 4, 01.01.1984, p. 466-472.

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