Patch test readings are recommended to include a day (D)7 reading. Substitution of the D7 reading with a photo may be a valid option.
To compare the sensitivity of digital photos at D7 to clinical readings, to assess the number of positive reactions appearing at D7 only (late reactions) and after D7 only (delayed reactions).
Patients undergoing patch testing recruited from 6 different European clinics were instructed to forward photos of the patch test reactions to the respective clinics at D7 (before attending the clinic) and at D21. Only allergens in the baseline series or TRUE Test® were included in data analysis.
Two-hundred-and-ninety-three out of 629 patients had a total of 599 positive reactions with 6.3% occurring at D7 only. When substituting the D7 reading with a photo (90% submitted), 26.3% of late reactions were missed and nine false positive reactions were found. Delayed reactions were detected in 4 patients at D21 (65.3% submitted).
Our data shows that if the D7 reading is not performed, 6.3% of positive reactions from the baseline series would be missed, and if substituting the D7 reading by digital photo, 26.3% late reactions would be missed. Delayed reactions seemed rare. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
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