Eliciting dose is associated with tolerance development in peanut and cow's milk allergic children

C. Nitsche*, C. D. Westerlaken-van Ginkel, B. J. Kollen, A. B. Sprikkelman, G. H. Koppelman, A. E. J. Dubois

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Background: Tolerance development rates differ between food allergies. Almost all previous studies have not used the gold standard method, the double-blind, placebo-controlled food challenge (DBPCFC), which may affect the reported prevalence rates. Little is known about the association of the eliciting dose (ED) obtained during the initial DBPCFC with later tolerance development.

Methods: This was a retrospective, tertiary care study of children who had a positive DBPCFC to either peanut, milk or egg, and at least one follow-up food challenge (open or DBPCFC) with the same food. The association between ED and negative (tolerant) follow-up food challenge outcome was analyzed by logistic regression, with adjustment for confounders. Suspected confounders were initial DBPCFC test characteristics, atopic comorbidities and serum specific IgE (sIgE) levels.

Results: In 47 peanut allergic children, tolerance developed in 27.7% (median follow-up duration of 43 months). In 80 milk (follow-up 23 months) and 55 egg (follow-up 37 months) allergic children, tolerance developed in 55.0% and 65.5%. The ED obtained during the initial DBPCFC was significantly associated with tolerance development in peanut and milk allergy, but not in egg allergy.

Conclusion: Approximately 1 out of 4 children with DBPCFC confirmed peanut allergy developed tolerance, compared to more than half of the children with milk or egg allergy, respectively. Tolerance development in peanut and milk allergy is significantly associated with ED at initial DBPCFC.

Original languageEnglish
Article number58
Number of pages6
JournalClinical and translational allergy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 6-Nov-2019


  • Food allergy
  • Pediatrics
  • Eliciting dose
  • Prognosis
  • Atopic dermatitis

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