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Three cats were diagnosed as having food hypersensitivity by food elimination and oral food provocation tests. Twelve allergenic food ingredients were identified by oral food provocation test in the 3 cats. Of the 12 food ingredients, 9 offending food antigens were shown to be positive in a lymphocyte stimulation test; however, none of them were positive in antigen-specific IgE testing, and only four food antigens were positive in intradermal testing. The stimulation indices in the lymphocyte stimulation tests for the 9 food ingredients were found to be decreased after the cats were fed elimination diets. The present study demonstrates that the lymphocyte stimulation test reflects an immunologic reaction involved in food hypersensitivity and can help identify allergenic food ingredients in feline food hypersensitivity.


Rinei Ishida, Keigo Kurata, Kenichi Masuda, Koichi Ohno, Hajime Tsujimoto. Lymphocyte blastogenic responses to food antigens in cats showing clinical symptoms of food hypersensitivity. The Journal of veterinary medical science / the Japanese Society of Veterinary Science. 2012 Jun;74(6):821-5

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PMID: 22293469

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