Octopus

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Code: f59
Latin name: Octopus vulgaris
Source material: Fresh frozen muscle
Family: Octopodidae
Sensitivity to Octopus is common in southern Europe.

Allergen Exposure

Cooked or fried in various dishes.

Potential Cross-Reactivity

Octopus and squid showed a low degree of correlation with each other (2). IgE antibodies to octopus were also measured in children with allergy (3). Sensitivity to octopus is also common in southern Europe (4).

Clinical Experience

IgE antibodies have been measured in sera from Japanese patients with atopic dermatitis (1).
 
Review
Octopus vulgaris is a cephalopod mollusk of the family Octopodidae, an octopus with eight suckered arms and a round mouth. IgE antibodies have been measured in sera from Japanese patients with atopic dermatitis (1). Also measured in children with allergy (3). Sensitivity to octopus is also common in southern Europe (4). In a study using Pharmacia CAP System, octopus and squid showed a low degree of correlation with each other (2). 

References

  1. Lindqvist A, Ikezawa Z, Tanaka A, Yman L. Seafood specific IgE in atopic dermatitis. Ann Allergy 1993;70:58.
  2. Chiba T et al. Clinical evaluation of Pharmacia CAP System new food allergens. Jap Soc Pediatric Allergol 1992.
  3. Yamada M, Torii S. Clinical evaluation of Pharmacia CAP System new food and inhalant allergens. Japanese Soc Allergol 1992.
  4. Castillo R, Carrilo T, Blanco C, Quiralte J, Cuevas M. Shellfish hypersensitivity: clinical and immunological characteristics. Allergol Immunopathol 1994;22:83-7.

As in all diagnostic testing, the diagnosis is made by the physican based on both test results and the patient history.