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Phadia’s F12 test is used to detect blood levels of the IgE (antibodies) responsible for allergic reactions to green peas. Green peas are part of the legume family and sensitivities (skin tests or positive IgE levels) with several other legumes (lentils, beans, chickpeas, soybeans, lupins) are the rule. However, allergic reactions to multiple legumes are more rare, including allergic reactions to peanuts, another legume. The interpretation chart accompanying the result expresses the probability of an allergic reaction to green peas, but not necessarily the severity of the reaction. Case history (symptoms, relation to meals, etc.) and clinical examination by the physician are essential for a reliable interpretation of the results.

A negative anti-green pea IgE result (< 0.35 kU/L) indicates that green peas are probably not responsible for the reported symptoms, but it DOES NOT COMPLETELY RULE OUT THIS POSSIBILITY. All negative and positive results must be interpreted in light of the case history. Skin tests may be useful to assist in diagnosis, but the double-blind oral food challenge remains the definitive technique for confirming any food allergy, including an allergy to green peas.

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