Food allergy and anaphylaxis — dealing with uncertainty

Andrew S Kemp and Wendy Hu
Med J Aust 2008; 188 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.2008.tb01761.x
Published online: 5 May 2008

Reducing the growing burden of food allergy requires a chronic disease management model, clarification of responsibilities, and better communication of both risks and uncertainties

Food allergy and anaphylaxis are increasing in the Australian community, particularly in preschool-aged children,1,2 although, paradoxically, mortality occurs almost exclusively in school-aged children and adults.3 Food allergy and anaphylaxis are high-stakes and highly uncertain issues, where the outcome may be the sudden and unpredictable death of a child.4

  • Andrew S Kemp1
  • Wendy Hu2

  • 1 Department of Allergy and Immunology, The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, NSW.
  • 2 Western Clinical School, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW.



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