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Estimation specific food allergy in children from Sarajevo

  • Adnan Bajraktarevic1,
  • Semira Penava1,
  • Begler Begovic2,
  • Goran Todosijevic3,
  • Amina Selimovic4,
  • Zijo Begic5,
  • Haris Niksic6,
  • Teodora Frankic6,
  • Aida Djulepa Djurdjevic7,
  • Aida Resic Secerbegovic8,
  • Lutvo Sporisevic9 and
  • Branka Djukic9
Clinical and Translational Allergy20111(Suppl 1):P80

Published: 12 August 2011


Atopic DermatitisFood AllergyUrticariaChronic UrticariaPeanut Allergy


Food allergy most often begins in the first 1 to 2 years of life with the process of sensitization, by which the immune system responds to specific food proteins. Symptoms of a food allergy reaction commonly involve localized hives and worsening eczema, with moderate-to-severe atopic dermatitis a frequent comorbid condition of food allergy. Acute urticaria is much more likely to be caused by food allergy than is chronic urticaria.


A blood test measured childr immune system's response to particular foods by checking the amount of allergy-type antibodies in bloodstream, known as immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies. Allergy testing was otherwise conducted in more than 1000 children during period 2000-2010 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina on Department for Allergy Testing.


Overall, 19% of the children were reported to have an adverse food reaction, and the reactions were confirmed by challenge in 6%. In that study,industrial meat and canned meat as sausages had been outgrown 369 of 1000 allergic children (about 37%) , egg allergy had been in 261 of 1000 children patients (26%), compared with 61 of 1000 with milk allergy (6%), 35 of 1000 with strawberry allergy (3.5%), 25 of 1000 with peanut allergy (2.5%) and other food allergy as citrus fruits, milk allergy, soy allergy, other nuts allergy, fish, tomato,herbal allergy, wheat allergy and other allergy had been in 249 of 1000 cases (about 25%). The duration of the reactions overall was short, with approximately two thirds of the reactions resolving within six months of their onset.


Six percent of Bosnian children have documented food allergy. Currently available diagnostic methods for food allergy, such as prick skin tests and serum food allergen-specific IgE levels, do not distinguish between children who will achieve food tolerance and those who will have persistent food allergy. The diagnostic approach to the child patient should parallel those used in diagnosis of other adverse reactions to foods.

Key Words

Allergy, Food, Children, Therapy

Authors’ Affiliations

Pediatrics Department, Public Health Institution of Canton Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Clinical Medical Center Sarajevo, Clinical Pharmacology, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Emergency Department, Clinical Medical Center Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Department for allergology and pulmonology, Pediatrics Clinic Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Cardiology Department, Pediatrics Clinic Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pharmacy Faculty Sarajevo, Clinical Pharmacology, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Emergency Department, General Hospital Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Allergology Department, Dermatologic Clinic Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Pediatrics Department, First Medical Aid New Sarajevo, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina


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