The development of food allergy after liver transplantation

TitleThe development of food allergy after liver transplantation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2005
AuthorsBoyle RJ, Hardikar W, Tang ML
Date PublishedMarch
Accession Number01445473-200503000-00012
KeywordsClinical Medicine.

: The acquisition of new food allergy after orthotopic liver transplantation is now a well described phenomenon, mainly reported in children. The etiology of this phenomenon is at present unclear, but has been ascribed by some to tacrolimus treatment. Here we report a case of liver transplant acquired food allergy (LTAFA) in a child who received a split liver graft. The case is remarkable for the absence of new food allergy in the adult recipient of the same graft. This suggests that host-specific factors play an important role in the development of food allergy after liver transplantation, and emphasizes the predisposition that children have toward this phenomenon. Possible mechanisms underlying the development of food allergy after liver transplantation are discussed. In conclusion, tacrolimus treatment alone cannot account for LTAFA. 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