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IgG food antibodies should be studied in similarly treated groups
  1. W A C Sewell
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr W A C Sewell
    Path Links Immunology, Scunthorpe General Hospital, Scunthorpe DN15 7BH, UK;

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The recent paper by Atkinson and colleagues (Gut 2004;53:1459–1464) regarding IgG food antibodies and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) fails to compare like with like. Regardless of the IgG results, the treatment group excluded significantly different foods to the control group, particularly those foods which appear to exacerbate symptoms of IBS. Of particular …

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