ImmunoCap- What do results mean?

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 6:56am
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Joined: 09/02/2000 - 09:00

I am hoping some of you can help to understand this. My 4 yo PA son just had the Immuno Cap done today. He had the RAST done when he was first diagnosed when he was only 10 mos. old. I wish I would have known about ImmunoCap then. Now we can't compare his new results with anything. But, I have been searching the web for any info on results and what they mean. His allergist says that it is very effective in pinpointing how serious the allergy is. And, I am thinking if his result is LOW this is a good thing even if we can't compare it to any others. Is this right? His allergist also told me that if he consistently tests low, that it could be outgrown. I trust this dr. He brought up having the ImmunoCap done before I could. I just would like to know all I could for when we get the results, in about 10 days. Thanks in advance. Amy

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 9:43am
SF's picture
Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

amy2: my son is 3 1/2 and was diagnosed with PA at 1 yr old with blood test. What is the Immunocap test???? I am not familiar with this one. Please explain...maybe I need to have this done for my child too...I will search on the net for info and post if I find anything...Thanks!

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 1:14pm
Joined: 03/17/2001 - 09:00

Hi Amy2! I e-mail'd you and I brought the thread to the top under Introduce yourself and tips on posting. The thread title is "Information Source for you" and the user name is ImmunoCap Allergy Blood Test. I hope it helps!! [img][/img] [img][/img] Fran
[This message has been edited by BCUZILUVHIM (edited August 29, 2001).]

Posted on: Wed, 08/29/2001 - 11:28pm
Heather's picture
Joined: 10/08/2006 - 09:00

If I'm not mistaken, Dr. Sampson has said that children whose CAP RAST is below a certain level have a better chance of outgrowing the allergy. Does anyone know what that level is?

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2001 - 12:58am
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Joined: 03/23/2000 - 09:00

Hi, My son just had the immunoCap test also. The doc has done a skin prick test in the past and also a Rast. He has read about some changes in the way to test and recommended the immuno. It was sent to Mayo Clinic. My understanding is that it measures the Ige levels or whatever that's called and have read that it's the "golden" test. Anyway, all I know is that my son tested 2.05 for peanuts which is a medium class II instead of the off the charts class VI or whatever he was years ago. His egg used to be off the charts also and is now down to .41 out of 0.35 to 0.70 which is a low class I. The peanut class was between 0.71 and 3.50. So he was in the middle. Almonds tested negative. Does all this really make much sense to me? Not really. All I know is that he is still allergic to peanuts and that's really all that's important. I guess I don't worry as much as I did years ago when he was so high, but I do still worry. Of course, he's 11 now, and made it through kindergarten and first grade, etc. which I think were the hardest years to worry about with lots of little kids touching everything but he made it through and is now very well educated on his allergy. I never worry about him trying something himself that is in the least but unsafe. He reads all labels and is very careful. If he ever were exposed, he knows what to do and when. It's been a long road, but not impossible. I probably will test him next year again. It's just a blood test so I think it's worth it. The egg went down so I have faith that the peanut may too. I hope, at least!!!
Stay well,

Posted on: Fri, 08/31/2001 - 4:49am
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Joined: 06/06/2002 - 09:00

kellyhensl: Thanks for the encouraging information! I will have my pa 3 yr old tested again soon and I know that these are the tough years. Even if my son gets a lower score, I will still treat his pa the same whether its high or low, he is still allergic, atleast there is a change. Thanks

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