alexa Occupational IgE-mediated sensitization and asthma caused by clam and shrimp.


Journal of Allergy & Therapy

Author(s): Desjardins A, Malo JL, L Archeveque J, Cartier A, McCants M

Abstract Share this page

BACKGROUND: To confirm occupational asthma caused by clam and shrimp in a food company worker, the following investigation was planned in 60 other exposed workers (56 participants).

METHODS: Before the production period of clam and shrimp, a medical and occupational questionnaire was carried out and skin and RAST testing were done with common inhalants and clam, shrimp, crab, and lobster extracts. During the production period, environmental monitoring was performed with personal and general samplers; inhalation testing with methacholine was proposed to subjects with immediate skin reactivity to clam, shrimp, or both. After the production period, all subjects with an immediate skin reactivity to clam, shrimp, or both and either a history of rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma, or bronchial hyperresponsiveness were seen by a specialist.

RESULTS: Including the index case in whom occupational asthma to clam and shrimp had been confirmed, four (7%) subjects had a history of rhinoconjunctivitis and two (4%) had a history of asthma during the period of clam production, whereas three (5%) subjects had rhinoconjunctivitis and two (4%) had asthma during the shrimp production. Three (5%) subjects had immediate skin reactivity to clam, and nine (16%) subjects to shrimp. Four (7%) subjects had increased specific IgE antibodies (RAST binding > or = 3%) to clam and eight (14%) to shrimp. Significant associations were found between immunologic reactivity to clam and shrimp on the one hand and to crab and lobster on the other. Environmental monitoring demonstrated clam and shrimp on the air sampling filters. Occupational asthma caused by clam was confirmed by specific inhalation challenges in one subject in addition to the index case. These two subjects had skin reactivity and increased specific IgE antibodies to clam, shrimp, or both.

CONCLUSION: By including the initial subject, the prevalence of immediate sensitization is 5% to 7% to clam and 14% to 16% to shrimp. Two (4%) subjects had occupational asthma caused by clam, and one (2%) had occupational asthma caused by shrimp.

  • To read the full article Visit
  • Open Access
This article was published in J Allergy Clin Immunol and referenced in Journal of Allergy & Therapy

Relevant Expert PPTs

Relevant Speaker PPTs

Recommended Conferences

Relevant Topics

Peer Reviewed Journals
Make the best use of Scientific Research and information from our 700 + peer reviewed, Open Access Journals
International Conferences 2017-18
Meet Inspiring Speakers and Experts at our 3000+ Global Annual Meetings

Contact Us

Agri, Food, Aqua and Veterinary Science Journals

Dr. Krish

agrifoodaquavet[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Clinical and Biochemistry Journals

Datta A

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9037

Business & Management Journals


[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Chemical Engineering and Chemistry Journals

Gabriel Shaw

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9040

Earth & Environmental Sciences

Katie Wilson

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

Engineering Journals

James Franklin

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9042

General Science and Health care Journals

Andrea Jason

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9043

Genetics and Molecular Biology Journals

Anna Melissa

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9006

Immunology & Microbiology Journals

David Gorantl

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9014

Informatics Journals

Stephanie Skinner

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Material Sciences Journals

Rachle Green

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9039

Mathematics and Physics Journals

Jim Willison

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

Medical Journals

Nimmi Anna

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9038

Neuroscience & Psychology Journals

Nathan T

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9041

Pharmaceutical Sciences Journals

John Behannon

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001Extn: 9007

Social & Political Science Journals

Steve Harry

[email protected]

1-702-714-7001 Extn: 9042

© 2008-2017 OMICS International - Open Access Publisher. Best viewed in Mozilla Firefox | Google Chrome | Above IE 7.0 version