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October 24, 2012

Food Allergy in the Elderly

Question
I am a researcher and educator at the University of Beira Interior, Portugal. We are now implementing research on aging subjects. I haven't found information on food allergy in the elderly. Can results on food allergy available for adults be transposed to elderly patients? Thank you in advance.

Answer
This is an excellent question. I am unaware of any data regarding food allergy in the elderly. I think it would be very important to determine whether the limited data in adults can be extrapolated to the elderly population. I would strongly encourage you to explore this area.

Hugh A. Sampson, MD


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