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Buckwheat allergy: a potential problem in 21st century Britain

Buckwheat allergy: a potential problem in 21st century Britain
Buckwheat allergy: a potential problem in 21st century Britain
Buckwheat is commonly consumed in many parts of the world and has recently become more available in the UK. Buckwheat allergy is well recognised in parts of mainland Europe and Asia, typically associated with consumption of specific regional foods. No adult cases of buckwheat allergy in the UK have been reported in the literature. The authors present two cases of buckwheat allergy that presented to our UK allergy service recently. A 57-year-old man presented with anaphylaxis after eating home-baked bread prepared using buckwheat flour bought in France. In the second case, a 63-year-old lady presented with bronchospasm and urticaria after consuming health-food muesli. Sensitisation was confirmed in both cases by positive skin prick testing and specific IgE to buckwheat. Given the growing popularity of foods that may contain buckwheat, including ethnic and health-food ranges, buckwheat allergy is likely to become increasingly common in the UK.
Fagopyrum/adverse effects, Female, Food Hypersensitivity/epidemiology, Forecasting, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, United Kingdom/epidemiology
1757-790X
Sammut, David
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Dennison, Patrick
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Venter, Carina
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Kurukulaaratchy, Ramesh J
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Sammut, David
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Dennison, Patrick
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Venter, Carina
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Kurukulaaratchy, Ramesh J
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Sammut, David, Dennison, Patrick, Venter, Carina and Kurukulaaratchy, Ramesh J (2011) Buckwheat allergy: a potential problem in 21st century Britain. BMJ Case Reports, 2011. (doi:10.1136/bcr.09.2011.4882).

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Abstract

Buckwheat is commonly consumed in many parts of the world and has recently become more available in the UK. Buckwheat allergy is well recognised in parts of mainland Europe and Asia, typically associated with consumption of specific regional foods. No adult cases of buckwheat allergy in the UK have been reported in the literature. The authors present two cases of buckwheat allergy that presented to our UK allergy service recently. A 57-year-old man presented with anaphylaxis after eating home-baked bread prepared using buckwheat flour bought in France. In the second case, a 63-year-old lady presented with bronchospasm and urticaria after consuming health-food muesli. Sensitisation was confirmed in both cases by positive skin prick testing and specific IgE to buckwheat. Given the growing popularity of foods that may contain buckwheat, including ethnic and health-food ranges, buckwheat allergy is likely to become increasingly common in the UK.

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Published date: 8 November 2011
Keywords: Fagopyrum/adverse effects, Female, Food Hypersensitivity/epidemiology, Forecasting, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, United Kingdom/epidemiology

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Local EPrints ID: 446538
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/446538
ISSN: 1757-790X
PURE UUID: f2a89f26-0dfc-481e-b50a-449a6ac047ab
ORCID for Ramesh J Kurukulaaratchy: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-1588-2400

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Date deposited: 12 Feb 2021 17:32
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 16:54

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