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J Allergy Clin Immunol. 1991 Apr;87(4):886-8.

Acarex test correlates with monoclonal antibody test for dust mites.

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  • 1Topeka Allergy/Asthma Clinic, KS 66604.


Forty-two dust samples from the homes of patients having positive mite skin tests were tested by both monoclonal antibody and Acarex techniques. A Spearman's correlation coefficient of 0.85 (p = 0.0001) was found. The Acarex test is simple to use and is much less expensive than the monoclonal antibody method. The use of either method may enhance patient compliance with mite-control instructions and may prove crucial to the effective use of miticides in infested homes.

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