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Curr Opin Pediatr. 2018 Dec;30(6):798-805. doi: 10.1097/MOP.0000000000000684.

Food immunotherapy for children with food allergies: state of the art and science.

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1
Section of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Texas Children's Hospital.
2
Section of Immunology, Allergy and Rheumatology, Department of Pediatrics, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA.

Abstract

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:

This review examines the current literature and provides insight into the role of food immunotherapy in the management of food-allergic children. Key food immunotherapy trials, benefits, and risks of the intervention, as well as areas requiring further study are all discussed.

RECENT FINDINGS:

Research studies have reported encouraging results regarding the efficacy of food immunotherapy in desensitizing food-allergic patients with an acceptable safety profile and a documented improvement in quality of life. The role of biologics and long-term effects of food immunotherapy are still under investigation.

SUMMARY:

The burden of food allergy is significant, multifaceted, and well documented. Food immunotherapy is a novel treatment option and an exciting area of research that has seen tremendous progress over the last decade, presenting encouraging results for the treatment of children with food allergies.

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