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Case Report


Sublingual-Oral Rush Desensitization to Mixed Cow and Sheep Milk: A Case Report


E Nucera, D Schiavino, A Buonomo, E Pollastrini, G Altomonte, V Pecora, M Decinti, C Lombardo, G Patriarca

Department of Allergology, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart- Policlinico Gemelli, Rome, Italy

J Investig Allergol Clin Immunol 2008; Vol. 18(3): 219-222



We attempted an oral rush desensitization with mixed cow and sheep milk in a 6-year-old boy who had had adverse reactions to cow and goat milks. Skin prick tests and specific immunoglobulin (Ig) E to cow, sheep and goat milks were positive. The double-blind, placebocontrolled food challenge with cow milk was positive too. He underwent a 12-day sublingual-oral desensitization treatment with mixed cow and sheep milk. Specific IgE and IgG4 were measured. Open oral challenges with cow milk, sheep milk and sheep cheeses were also performed after the desensitization. At the end of the desensitizing treatment our patient could tolerate 120 mL of mixed milk. Specific IgE levels did not vary, whereas an increase of specific IgG4 concentrations was observed. Open oral challenges with cow and sheep milks and sheep cheeses were negative. Oral rush desensitization may represent an alternative approach to the treatment of food allergy
in children.