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Preliminary criteria for the definition of allergic rhinitis: a systematic evaluation of clinical parameters in a disease cohort (II)

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M.Ng Immunology Department, Concord Repatriation Hospital, Concord, Sydney, NSW, Australia.

Abstract

Background

This study is a development of the work done in ‘Preliminary criteria for the definition of allergic rhinitis: a systematic evaluation of clinical parameters in a disease cohort (I)’.

Objective

We sought to develop criteria which could be routinely used to define allergic rhinitis.

Methods

A total of  47 allergic rhinitis and 23 normal subjects were evaluated with a detailed questionnaire and history, physical examination, serum total immunoglobulin (Ig) E, skin prick tests and serum EAST's.

Results

Based on this data, we developed a preliminary scoring system by which a reliable diagnosis of allergic rhinitis can be made, which is based on the prevalence adjusted strength of association delta (∂) rank values described in this report. Cumulative frequency histograms were constructed for allergic rhinitis and normal subjects in a variety of configurations.

Conclusion

A simple scoring system which can be used to diagnose allergic rhinitis on a routine basis was developed in this study.

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