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J Altern Complement Med. 1997 Fall;3(3):241-8.

A double blind, randomized, controlled investigation of electrodermal testing in the diagnosis of allergies.

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University Department of Medicine, Southampton General Hospital, England.

Abstract

This investigation evaluates electrodermal (ED) testing in 41 polysymptomatic allergic patients. Electrodermal testing discriminated correctly 82% of the time between house dust mite and histamine (allergens) and saline or water (nonallergens) in our first study group involving 17 patients (p = 0.007). The second study involved 24 patients and used the same double-blind methodology discriminating 96% of the time between allergic and nonallergic substances (p = 0.000002). We conclude that ED testing is a reliable method of differentiating between allergic and nonallergic substances in the context of our study.

PMID:
9430327
DOI:
10.1089/acm.1997.3.241
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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