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Allergy in Children

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Abstract

We wish to report our observations in a study of 203 cases of clinical allergy in children whose ages varied between 8 months and 15 years. These patients were seen in the Department of Allergy from January 1, 1934, to November, 1935. Although follow-up observations have not been obtained in a small number of these patients and another group has been under allergy control for too brief a time to evaluate the results of therapy, these cases have been included because of points of interest in the histories and clinical findings.

The Approach to the Study of the Allergic Patient

The allergic states have been classified with a view to presenting the outstanding clinical features of each problem. Allergic manifestations are numerous, due to the diversified phenomena occurring in many organs, and the fact that the majority of patients present multiple evidences of an allergic condition. We classified our cases in three groups—respiratory allergy, gastro-intestinal allergy and cutaneous allergy, and attempted to establish a working plan for the diagnosis of definite clinical states.

The approach to the diagnosis of an allergic state can be followed in a very definite manner.

Personal History—Family History—Allied Conditions

One cannot help but feel that the clinical history is the most important of all the procedures in the diagnostic survey. Through this, one may first obtain knowledge as to whether or not the patient is an allergic individual. Such information is strengthened by a close inquiry regarding a family history of allergy,. . .


 

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