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A study on latency time of fruit and nut allergy in pollinosis patients

  • Enrique Martín Casañez1,
  • Emilio López Cano2,
  • Ruiz Marina Dueñas3,
  • Rosario González Mendiola4,
  • Amanda Rocio González Ramirez5,
  • Maria Pilar Lara de la Rosa1 and
  • Diego Martínez Bóhigas1
Clinical and Translational Allergy20111(Suppl 1):P112

https://doi.org/10.1186/2045-7022-1-S1-P112

Published: 12 August 2011

Keywords

AsthmaConfidence LevelAnalysis SurvivalInfluence FactorLatency Time

Objective

To study the average time elapsed in patients diagnosed of fruit and nut allergy, who previously presented allergy to pollen with rhinoconjunctivitis symptoms and/or asthma. To describe possible influencing factors during the said average time.

Material and methods

This is a retrospective study conducted with the information collected from 90 patients allergic to fruit or nut for a period of ten months. The following data were collected: sex, age, pollen allergy type and clinical form, type of allergy to fruit and nut and its clinical manifestation and whether latex sensitization was present or not. The analysis was performed using the SPSS 17.0 statistical package. Descriptive and analysis survival techniques have also been used.

Results

Patients' age ranged from 12 to 65, 58 were women and 32 men. In the patients studied the average time elapsed from pollen allergy diagnosis to the presentation of fruit and nut allergy symptoms were 4.38 years. Average time for women was 4.62 years and 9.36 months less for men. For those who previously presented rhinoconjunctivitis, average time was 2.69 years and those with asthma or both 5 years. For patients allergic to chenopodiaceas average time was 4.72 years, for those allergic to olive pollen it was 4.05 and for gramineae allergic patients 4.52 years. No significant differences were found with respect to the four fruit groups studied using descriptive techniques.

Conclusions

In patients with fruit and nut allergy, average latency time from pollen allergy diagnosis is 4.38 years. When comparing average time for patients with rhinoconjunctivitis to that for patients with asthma or both conditions, average time is lower in the first group, with 95% confidence level (2.7 years vs 5 years).

Authors’ Affiliations

(1)
Villarrobledo Hospital, University Hospital Complex of Albacete, Albacete, Spain
(2)
University Hospital San Cecilio, Degree in statistics, Granada, Spain
(3)
University Hospital Complex of Albacete, MSc in Pharmacy, Albacete, Spain
(4)
Hospital de la Cruz Roja, Madrid, Spain
(5)
Fibao-University Hospital San Cecilio, MSc in statistics, Granada, Spain

Copyright

© Martín Casañez et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2011

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

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