Monitoring the European standard series in 10 centres 1996-2000

DP Bruynzeel, TL Diepgen, KE Andersen, FM Brandao, Magnus Bruze, PJ Frosch, A Goossens, A Lahti, V Mahler, HI Maibach, T Menne, JD Wilkinson

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A 5-year retrospective study of the frequency of sensitization to the 25 allergens of the European standard series (ESS) was conducted in 10 centres in 8 European countries. Included were the results of 26 210 patients. The range in sensitivities differed moderately between the centres. Combining results of different centres and drawing conclusions on incidences can be done only with great care. The information on the ranking of the allergens and their sensitization incidence in the clinics are useful for decisions on the future composition of the standard series. The ESS is still a valid screening tool, and no substances should be deleted.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)146-149
JournalContact Dermatitis
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2005

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Dermatology and Venereal Diseases


  • clinical epidemiology
  • European standard series
  • sensitization frequencies
  • patch test reactions


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