Occupational Asthma Reference

Quirce S, Diez Gomez ML, Hinojosa M, Cuevas M, Urena V, Rivas MF, Puyana J, Cuesta J, Losada E, Housewives with raw potato-induced bronchial asthma, Allergy, 1989;44:532-536,

Keywords: oa, potato, urticaria, IgE, as , rh, case report, housewife, pt, ch

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Santiago Quirce, Madrid Santiago Quirce

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Allergy to white potato has rarely been described. We report two cases of atopic patients, housewives, in whom peeling raw potatoes precipitated rhinoconjunctivitis and asthmatic attacks, and, in one of them, contact urticaria. Type I hypersensitivity to raw potato antigens was demonstrated by means of immediate skin test reactivity, specific IgE determination by RAST, basophil degranulation, histamine release test and an immediate bronchial provocation test response to raw potato extract. The controls did not react to any of these tests. Potato allergenic constituent is currently being investigated but, as far as we know, it is heat-labile and has an MW of more than 10 Kd

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