Cashew Nut Whole Allergen
Test code 2608
Allergy on the rise with increased consumption in snack foods, Asian foods, baked goods, nut butters, and pestos1,2
- Sensitized patients have a risk of experiencing severe allergic reactions; the risk has been reported to be even higher than for peanut allergic patients (74% vs. 30%)3
- Potentially life-threatening, can start early in life and is rarely outgrown2,4
Associated with systemic reactions1
Positive 2608 with negative Ana o3 results may be explained by sensitization to6
As in all diagnostic testing, a diagnosis must be made by the physician based on test results, individual patient history, the physician’s knowledge of the patient, and the physician’s clinical judgement.
1. Robotham J, et al. Ana o 3, an important cashew nut (Anacardium occidentale L.) allergen of the 2S albumin family. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005; 115(6): 1284-1290.
2. Clark A, et al. Cashew nut causes more severe reactions than peanut: case-matched comparison in 141 children. Allergy. 2007; 62(8): 913-916.
3. Davoren M, et al. Cashew nut allergy is associated with a high risk of anaphylaxis. Arch Dis Child. 2005; 90(10): 1084-1085.
4. Roux K, et al. Tree nut allergens. Int Arch Allergy Immunology. 2003; 131: 234-244.
5. Masthoff L, et al. A systematic review of the effect of thermal processing on the allergenicity of tree nuts. Allergy. 2013; 68: 983-993.