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vol 17. no 4. December 2012  

 Review articles
Allergy to kiwi fruit
Ewa Gawrońska-Ukleja, Anna Różalska, Magdalena Żbikowska-Gotz, Zbigniew Bartuzi

Over the past several years allergy to kiwi fruit has become the subject
of extensive research. The most common symptom of allergy to kiwi fruit
is oral allergy syndrome. Organ symptoms with severe life-threatening
anaphylactic reactions appear more often in patients suffering simultaneously
from other plant allergies. Kiwi allergens cross-react with pollens of
plants, fruit and latex. Diagnosing is difficult due to lack of standardized
allergen extracts to perform skin prick test. The diagnosis of the allergy
is mainly based on prick by prick tests with native kiwi peel and pulp
or with water extracts from the pulp. Food allergy significantly reduces
quality of life. Still the only way of managing the symptoms is eliminating
allergens from patient’s diet and supplying patient with emergency
drugs. Nowadays physicians believe that immunotherapy is a promising
method of treatment, especially with the use of recombinant allergens.
The aim of this publication is to present recent data about allergy to that
vitamin-rich and delicious fruit.

keywords: kiwi, alergeny, alergia krzyżowa, diagnostyka, immunoterapia

pages: from 157 to 161

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