Asthma and Serum Levels of IgE

Thomas A.e. Platts-Mills, Susan M. Pollart, David A. Mrazek, Mary D. Klinnert, Giovanni Rolla, Caterina Bucca, Benjamin Burrows, Fernando D. Martinez, Marilyn Halonen, Robert A. Barbee, Martha G. Cline

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To the Editor: Although Dr. Burrows and his colleagues (Feb. 2 issue) 1 present an interesting analysis of the relation between asthma and serum IgE levels, we do not believe that their results are relevant to an understanding of intrinsic asthma. Their data reconfirm that within a population, asthma is statistically related to increases in total serum IgE levels. Their finding that the results of specific skin tests were linked more closely with rhinitis than with asthma was to be expected, since four of the extracts they used for skin testing were relevant to outdoor exposure and are commonly associated with.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1696-1697
Number of pages2
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number25
StatePublished - Jun 22 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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