What is the role of skin testing and in vitro immunoglobulin E (IgE) testing in the diagnosis of anaphylaxis?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: S Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Skin testing, in vitro immunoglobulin E (IgE) tests, or both may be used to determine the stimulus causing the anaphylactic reaction. Such studies may include the following:

  • Testing for food allergy(ies)

  • Testing for medication allergy(ies)

  • Testing for causes of IgE-independent reactions

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