Minimum prick test panel for adult patients with asthma and rhinitis in Ankara, Turkey


JOURNAL OF ASTHMA, vol.51, no.4, pp.417-422, 2014 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 51 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2014
  • Doi Number: 10.3109/02770903.2013.878846
  • Journal Name: JOURNAL OF ASTHMA
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.417-422
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: Determination of the number and type of allergens needed to be tested in epidemiological studies is important in order to identify most of the sensitized subjects with a cost-effective approach. This study aimed to investigate the minimum skin prick test panel for the identification of at least 95% of the sensitized subjects with symptoms of asthma and/ or allergic rhinitis (AR) in Ankara, Turkey. Methods: Skin prick test results of 7492 patients who were referred to our outpatient clinic with clinical symptoms of asthma and/ or AR between 1991 and 2005 were evaluated retrospectively. Seven allergens were tested in all and 13 allergens in 4202 patients. The allergen group needed for detection of 95% of the sensitized subjects was determined for both the 7 and 13 allergen panels. The study protocol was approved by the local ethics committee of Hacettepe University. Results: The atopy prevalences in the whole study population and in 4202 patients tested with the 13 allergen panel were calculated as 32.2% and 42.6%, respectively. Three allergens (Phleum pratense, Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus and Artemisia vulgaris) within the 7 allergen panel were adequate for the identification of at least 95% of the sensitized subjects. Olea europae was added to the previous three allergens when the 13 allergen panel was applied. Conclusion: Three to four allergens are sufficient for identification at least 95% of sensitized subjects with asthma and/ or AR in Ankara, Turkey.