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Heretical thoughts about food hypersensitivity: small bowel manometry as an objective way to document gut reactions

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Background: Food hypersensitivity is a frequent complaint by both pediatric and adult subjects. However, notwithstanding patient' belief about ‘allergies’ related to food stuffs, only a minority of them have actually such a diagnosis substantiated. Moreover, the diagnostic approach to these problems is cumbersome and unsatisfactory, and the objectivation of a food hypersensitivity is often difficult. Patients and methods: For these reasons we studied by means of small bowel manometry a small group of patients with food hypersensitivity, and showed abnormal fasting and postprandial findings in those with the gut as a target organ on clinical grounds. Results: Manometric abnormalities were somewhat similar to those previously described in celiac disease, a well recognized food allergy disease. The possible usefulness of this technique in the investigative approach of food hypersensitivity is discussed.

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Bassotti, G., Bertotto, A. & Spinozzi, F. Heretical thoughts about food hypersensitivity: small bowel manometry as an objective way to document gut reactions. Eur J Clin Nutr 51, 567–572 (1997). https://doi.org/10.1038/sj.ejcn.1600439

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Keywords

  • food hypersensitivity
  • manometry
  • motility
  • small bowel

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