Value of lymphoblast transformation test in cow's milk protein intestinal intolerance

Authors


Professor J. Paupe, Laboratorie de Pathologie Expérimentale, Faculté Necker-Enfants Malades, 156 rue de Vaugirard, 75730 Paris Cedex 15, France.

Summary

Lymphoblast transformation tests were carried out in the presence of α-lactalbumin and β-lactoglobulin. In patients with cow's milk protein intestinal intolerance in seventeen of forty-five (37·8%) the lymphoblast transformation tests were positive. Sensitization in the first month of life seemed to favour lymphoblast transformation. In control children in only four of forty-three (9·5%) the lymphoblast transformation tests were positive, the difference from intolerant patients being significant 0·01 < P < 0·001. Lymphoblast transformation tests were negative in the seven children with active coeliac disease. Although a negative test does not exclude cow's milk protein intolerance, lymphoblast transformation tests can be considered a useful aid in diagnosis because of its specificity.

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