Monday, July 30, 2018 10:26 AM

ALLERGY CLINIC FINDS LARGE PERCENTAGE OF ANAPHYLAXIS CASES WERE FROM TICK BITE MEAT ALLERGY - MD LINX (PRESS RELEASE)

An increase in the Lone Star tick population since 2006, and the ability to recognize the ticks as the source of alpha gal allergy to red meat has meant significantly more cases of anaphylaxis being properly identified.

A new study in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, the scientific publication of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) showed that at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, alpha-gal ( a complex sugar found in red meat from beef, pork, venison, etc.) was the most common known cause of anaphylaxis. In previous studies of anaphylaxis, researchers were often unable to identify the source of the severe allergic reaction.

Of the 218 cases of anaphylaxis we reviewed, 33% were from alpha gal, says Debendra Pattanaik, MD, lead author of the study. When we did the same review in 1993, and again in 2006, we had a great many cases where the cause of the anaphylaxis couldnt be identified. That number of unidentified cases dropped from 59% in 2006 to 35% in this reportprobably from the number of identified alpha gal cases. Our research clearly identified alpha gal as the cause of anaphylaxis in the majority of cases where the cause ...

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