Authors: Ana Todo Bom; Isabel Carrapatoso; Carlos Loureiro; Anabela Mota Pinto
Digital ISBN: 978-989-26-0658-3
Publisher: Coimbra University Press
Date: October 2013
Price: 15,00 €
Size: 200 mm x 245 mm
N.º Pages: 117
Little is known about the prevalence, etiology, pathogenesis and treatment of food allergies. They affect individuals of all ages, and may often be severe enough to put their lives at risk. This is the first work in Portuguese on this subject.
Most of the cases of food allergy anaphylaxis presenting at the emergency services result from ignorance of allergens in foodstuffs and accidental exposure. This work is divided into four main areas: the first chapter offers a critical analysis of the epidemiological data available and risk factors; the second deals with aspects relating to physiopathology and clinical manifestations; the third describes the rational application of diagnostic methods, based on their reliability and usefulness; and finally, the last chapter discusses the forms of treatment available, their limitations, and the extent to which this interferes in the patient’s quality of life.