Author(s): Bryant DH, Burns MW
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Abstract It has been proposed that increased production of IgE, a feature of atopy, is a cause of the non-specific bronchial hyper-reactivity that is characterisitc of asthma. This hypothesis was examined by selecting groups of subjects with asthma or rhinitis and a group of healthy control subjects and studying the relationship between their bronchial histamine reactivity and their atopic status. In none of the groups tested was there a significant association between the degree of bronchial histamine reactivity and either the serum level of total IgE or the number of extracts of aeroallergens giving positive prick test reactions.
This article was published in Clin Allergy
and referenced in International Journal of Inflammation, Cancer and Integrative Therapy