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Immune system & allergies (Immunology)


The Department of Clinical Immunology and Allergy at the Royal Adelaide Hospital provides a specialist service for the diagnosis and management of allergic and immunologic diseases affecting the respiratory system, skin, gastrointestinal tract and other systems.

Areas covered include:

  • Allergic rhinitis and conjunctivitis
  • Non-allergic rhinitis
  • Allergic and non-allergic sinusitis, nasal polyposis
  • Asthma (allergic and non-allergic)
  • Eczema
  • Urticaria and angioedema
  • Anaphylaxis to drugs, insects, foods and unknown causes
  • Venom and aeroallergen immunotherapy
  • Food allergy
  • Drug allergy
  • Mast cell disorders
  • Immunological lung diseases (e.g. bronchopulmonary aspergillosis, EGPA)
  • Systemic autoimmune disorders (e.g. SLE, Sjogren’s syndrome, dermatomyositis)
  • Systemic vasculitis including GPA
  • Systemic autoinflammatory diseases
  • Immunodeficiency, hereditary and acquired (not HIV).

Specialised allergy-related diagnosis and management tools include:

  • Skin prick allergy testing (with consultation), intradermal skin testing where appropriate
  • Nasal endoscopy
  • Day patient challenge testing, desensitisation procedures
  • Dietary investigation and advice
  • Basic pulmonary function testing
  • Diagnostic laboratory
  • Immunotherapy programs for allergic disease
  • Clinical trials.
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