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J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2010 Apr;50(4):463-4. doi: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e3181b97bed.

Atopy patch test for early diagnosis of cow's milk allergy in preterm infants.

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Department of Pediatrics-Neonatology, Hôpital Cochin-Saint Vincent de Paul, Université Paris Descartes, France.


Atopy patch test may help early diagnosis of cow-milk allergy in preterm infants. In the retrospective analysis of 5 girls and 9 boys, born at 31 +/- 2 (mean +/- SD) weeks of gestation and presenting digestive symptoms at age 42 +/- 18 days, 10 had a complete recovery following the shift to an exclusive feeding with an amino acid-based formula. Cow-milk-skin prick tests and specific immunoglobulin E were always negative, whereas the atopy patch test was positive in 7 of the 10 infants with complete recovery.

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