I read with interest your response regarding immunoCAP to palm oil. My reference lab (Solstas) states that there is no IgE to palm available. Could you elaborate as to where I can order this test (patient with anaphylaxis to red velvet cake, this is an ingredient)


Thank you for your inquiry, and also for your interest in our website.

Unfortunately, your reference lab is correct. I think I failed to make myself crystal clear on this point, and I understand how you could have misunderstood. However, the entry you referred to was posted on 5/4/2012, entitled “Allergic reaction to ice cream containing kernel oil, locust bean, and carrageenan: availability of serum-specific IgE testing to these potential allergens.” The quote to which you referred was as follows:

“Kernel oil usually refers to the oil from the palm. There is a serum-specific IgE to oil palm pollen (ImmunoCAP), but I could find no test for serum-specific IgE to kernel oil per se.”

To clarify, by this I meant that there is specific IgE to the pollen of the oil palm tree, but there is no available serum-specific IgE to the oil per se.

Thank you again for your interest in our website, and I am sorry for the misunderstanding regarding the statement in question.

Phil Lieberman, M.D.

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