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Oilseed rape allergy: is it significant? An investigation into its prevalence in an East Anglian population, UK

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Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology20106 (Suppl 1) :P2

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  • Geographical Region
  • Oilseed Rape
  • House Dust
  • Grass Pollen
  • District General Hospital


Oilseed rape production is widespread in East Anglia. Many patients attending our rhinology clinic for seasonal allergy claim that they are allergic to it.


To determine the prevalence of oil-seed rape allergy in our population.


General population attending a rhinology and allergy clinic in an East Anglian district general hospital, UK.

Methods and materials

Retrospective chart analysis. The results of 1475 consecutive patients who underwent skin prick allergy testing over a 2-year period were analysed.


Allergy to grass pollen was found to be most common (n=375, 25.1%) followed by house dust mite (n=373, 25%) and cereals (n=301, 20.1%). Oilseed rape allergy was relatively uncommon, comprising only 1.89% of the population tested (n=28).


Despite the abundance of oil-seed rape in our geographical region, it does not seem to be responsible for most of our cases of seasonal allergy. Other environmental factors may be contributory.

Authors’ Affiliations

Edith Cavell Hospital, Peterborough, UK


© Trinidade et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2010

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.