Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Scopus Web of Science® Altmetric
Type: Journal article
Title: Randomised controlled trial of a baked egg intervention in young children allergic to raw egg but not baked egg
Author: Netting, M.
Gold, M.
Quinn, P.
El-Merhibi, A.
Penttila, I.
Makrides, M.
Citation: The World Allergy Organization Journal, 2017; 10(1):22-1-22-9
Publisher: BioMed Central
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1939-4551
Statement of
Merryn Netting, Michael Gold, Patrick Quinn, Adaweyah El-Merhibi, Irmeli Penttila and Maria Makrides
Abstract: Consumption of baked egg by raw egg allergic children is associated with immune changes suggesting development of tolerance. However, causation has not been tested using a double blind randomized controlled trial (RCT). We aimed to compare clinical and immunological outcomes after baked egg (BE) consumption in young BE tolerant egg allergic children.In a double blind RCT, BE tolerant egg allergic children consumed 10 g BE (1.3 g protein) 2 to 3 times per week for 6 months (n = 21 intervention group) or similar egg free baked goods (n = 22 control group) while maintaining an otherwise egg free diet. The final assessment was a raw egg oral food challenge (OFC) 1 month after ceasing the intervention product. Egg specific IgE and IgG4 were assessed at baseline and 7 months.After the intervention there was no difference in raw egg tolerance between groups, (23.5% (4/17) intervention group and 33.3% (6/18) control group). This was independent of age and amount of BE consumed (aOR 0.50 CI 0.11-2.40 p = 0.39). Both groups demonstrated decreased egg specific serum IgE titres and decreased whole egg specific IgE/IgG4 ratios.We conducted this trial because inclusion of baked egg protein in the diet of egg allergic children appears to move children towards a more tolerant immune profile. Strengths of our study include design of the blinded intervention, the consistent dosing protocol and the regular monitoring of symptoms and intake. However, the study was limited by small sample size resulting in insufficient power to show statistically significant results.Our study suggests that short term, regular consumption of BE by BE tolerant 1 to 5 year old children with IgE mediated raw egg allergy may not induce, accelerate or slow development of tolerance to raw egg in this selected population. Trials with larger sample sizes are required to further test this hypothesis.The trial was registered on 7th February 2012 with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ACTRN 12612000173897).
Keywords: Egg
Egg allergy
Baked egg
Food allergy
Oral tolerance
Randomised controlled trial
Rights: © The Author(s). 2017 Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided you give appropriate credit to the original author(s) and the source, provide a link to the Creative Commons license, and indicate if changes were made. The Creative Commons Public Domain Dedication waiver ( applies to the data made available in this article, unless otherwise stated.
DOI: 10.1186/s40413-017-0152-5
Appears in Collections:Aurora harvest 3
Medicine publications

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
hdl_116206.pdfPublished version1 MBAdobe PDFView/Open

Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.