Comparison of Skin Tests and RAST for the Diagnosis of Bee Sting Allergy
Article first published online: 28 APR 2007
Volume 34, Issue 4, pages 249–256, August 1979
How to Cite
Patrizzi, R., Müller, U., Yman, L. and Hoigné, R. (1979), Comparison of Skin Tests and RAST for the Diagnosis of Bee Sting Allergy. Allergy, 34: 249–256. doi: 10.1111/j.1398-9995.1979.tb01705.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2007
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2007
- Accepted for publication 30 November 1978
- bee sting allergy;
- beevenom, wholebody extract;
- skin tests, RAST
Skin tests and estimation of specific IgE-antibodies by the RAST are evaluated as diagnostic procedures in bee sting hypersensitivity with the following results:
- 1Tests with venom antigens are highly superior to tests with wholebody extracts.
- 2With bee venom results of skin tests and RAST correspond in 82%, with bee wholebody extracts in 68%.
- 3Both with skin tests and the RAST with bee venom a good discrimination between patients with bee sting hypersensitivity and non-allergic controls is observed. Skin tests with bee venom are somewhat more sensitive than bee venom-RAST.
- 3With the careful skin test procedure chosen, no adverse reactions were observed.