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Fatal Asthma and Food Allergy


This research aims to determine the incidence and the trigger factors of fatal acute asthma in subjects up to the age of 32.

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Cases where individuals under the age of 32 have died from acute asthma will be investigated, with a free service being offered to coroners to identify a possible allergic cause for the death.

<p>Medical history and the circumstances of the fatal attack will be collected via the Coroner's Officer investigating the death. Autopsy and any available pre-mortem blood samples will be analysed for mast cell and basophil-specific proteins and specific IgE against any suspected allergens.

<p>Deaths from acute asthma outnumber those from food anaphylaxis by 60:1. However, an unknown number of these fatal asthma attacks may be actually triggered by food allergy. Since asthma is regarded as a natural cause of death, the cause of the fatal asthma attack is not investigated.

<p>Find more about this project and other FSA food safety-related projects at the <a href="; target="_blank">Food Standards Agency Research webpage</a>.

Central Manchester and Manchester Children's University Hospitals
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