Allergen Profile, Birch Pollen Related

CPT: 86003(x10)
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Test Details

Test Includes

Apple; apricot; birch pollen; carrot; cherry; hazelnut; peach; pear; plum; white potato


Thermo Fisher ImmunoCAP®

Additional Information

The oral allergy syndrome (OAS), also referred to as the pollen-food allergy syndrome,1 is a unique form of food allergy characterized by a localized reaction of the mouth and throat that occurs when affected individuals eat certain fresh fruits and vegetables.2 Patients with allergy to birch pollen will also often have allergies to one or more food allergens including apple, carrot, hazelnut, white potato, pear, plum, peach, cherry, and apricot. Individuals with OAS experience contact urticaria (itching and hives) that is confined almost exclusively to the mouth and throat upon ingestion of the triggering food. This condition only rarely affects other target organs.2 Characteristic symptoms of OAS include itching of the lips, palate, tongue, and throat.2 OAS is a self-limiting condition with symptoms that occur immediately on contact with foods and typically resolve rapidly. It is important to differentiate these symptoms from systemic and life-threatening allergic throat constricting reactions that can occur during anaphylaxis. It is interesting to note that individuals with OAS to certain food groups frequently suffer from allergy to related nonfood allergens. Allergy to certain nonfood allergens (such as pollens) appears to predispose individuals for the development of associated food allergy.2

Specimen Requirements




1 mL


One 8.5 mL red-top tube or one 8.5 mL gel-barrier tube

Storage Instructions

Room temperature

Causes for Rejection

Recently administered isotopes; improper labeling; gross hemolysis

Clinical Information


1. Sampson HA. Food allergy−Accurately identifying clinical reactivity. Allergy. 2005; 60(Suppl 79):19-24. 15842229
2. American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. The Allergy Report. Milwaukee, Wis: AAAAI; 2000.


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602444 Class Description N/A
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602936 T003-IgE Common Silver Birch kU/L 15283-5
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602483 F017-IgE Hazelnut (Filbert) kU/L 6136-6
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602521 F031-IgE Carrot kU/L 6061-6
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602499 F035-IgE Potato, White kU/L 6220-8
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602724 F049-IgE Apple kU/L 6021-0
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602743 F094-IgE Pear kU/L 6207-5
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602744 F095-IgE Peach kU/L 6205-9
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602796 F242-IgE Bing Cherry kU/L 6719-9
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602795 F237-IgE Apricot kU/L 7091-2
672483 Allergen Profile, Birch Plus 602800 F255-IgE Plum kU/L 6853-6

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