Bock SA, Sampson HA, Atkins FM, Zeiger RS, Lehrer S, Sachs M, Bush RK, Metcalfe DD
There is now enough experience with the use of double-blind, placebo-controlled, food challenge (DBPCFC) to recommend its use as an office procedure for most patients complaining of adverse reactions to foods. This manual discusses the practical methods required for the allergist to undertake DBPCFC in the office. Thorough histories supplemented by food allergen skin testing are used to design a DBPCFC that carefully attempts to reproduce the history of food-induced symptoms described by the patient. Precautions that must be taken are delineated before challenge, as is treatment that may be required if a reaction occurs. For those foods to which challenges are positive, longitudinal evaluation with repeated challenge at appropriate intervals help to determine whether or not the problem will resolve over a period of time.