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Allergy Diagnostics in China: Where Are We Now?

Baoqing Sun*, MHA; Peiyan Zheng, MMSc; Huimin Huang, BScPharm; Ni-li Wei, MMSc; Guangqiao Zeng, MMSc; Hammer Tsui, MMSc
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The First Affiliated Hospital of Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China


Chest. 2012;142(4_MeetingAbstracts):780A. doi:10.1378/chest.1375442
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Abstract

SESSION TYPE: Pediatric Pulmonology Posters

PRESENTED ON: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

PURPOSE: Despite a variety of difficulties, allergy diagnostics in China wound its way of advancement over the past 55 years. We presented a comprehensive look at the status quo of allergy tests in China after five and a half decades, so as to recognize the current problems and inspire future efforts.

METHODS: We searched in relevant web-based databases by using combinations of key words “allergy”, “diagnosis”, “test” and “hypersensitivity” for English publications from Chinese authors. Papers published in Chinese language were also reviewed.

RESULTS: Prevalence of allergies in China is on the rise due to urbanization and westernization of life-style and social culture. Mainstay approaches for allergic tests commonly used in China include clinical history, skin prick test, laboratory detection of allergen-specific IgE with RAST and ELISA. New techniques, such as microarray, are also increasingly developed. Inadequate medical investment, low level of public awareness and the yet-to-improve techniques are believed to have become the “shortest pieces of wood” concerning the development of allergy diagnostics in China.

CONCLUSIONS: Advances in allergy tests in China have been well-recognized and will continue to benefit the huge population of this country. More efforts are needed in the future as to improved quality of allergens and laboratory techniques. Furthermore, clinical history should guide allergy diagnostics, particularly in China’s current situation.

CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS: We presented a comprehensive look at the status quo of allergy tests in China after five and a half decades, so as to recognize the current problems and inspire future efforts.

DISCLOSURE: The following authors have nothing to disclose: Baoqing Sun, Peiyan Zheng, Huimin Huang, Ni-li Wei, Guangqiao Zeng, Hammer Tsui

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