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Negative Skin Prick Test Accurately Excludes Asthma Risk

Negative Skin Prick Test Accurately Excludes Asthma Risk
Researchers in Germany have demonstrated that skin prick allergy testing is more accurate than blood tests to identify those at risk of developing asthma or allergic nasal disease in adulthood.

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They described their results in the European Respiratory Journal in January 2014. More than 1000 patients were studied over 20 years. While neither test was particularly accurate in identifying those who would develop asthma or rhinitis the skin test was more accurate. In contrast a negative test meant that a diagnosis of asthma or rhinitis was very unlikely in the future.
The abstract can be found here: http://erj.ersjournals.com/content/43/1/92.abstract

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