Surveillance of Food protein induced enterocolitis syndrome (FPIES) starts this month

This BPSU study hopes to improve our knowledge of the incidence, clinical presentation and management of FPIES as well as improve awareness of the condition among paediatricians.

FPIES is a type of food allergy which leads to repeated vomiting and other gastrointestinal symptoms up to several hours after a problem food (or baby formula) is eaten.

This is the first nationwide study of FPIES in the UK. It will tell us how common FPIES is in the UK, what foods can cause it and the range of symptoms that children exhibit during a reaction. It will also improve awareness of FPIES among paediatricians; each consultant paediatrician in the country will be told about the condition through the BPSU.

This has the potential to benefit patients and families through improved recognition leading to quicker diagnosis of FPIES. We hope the results of this study will encourage further research, including ways to help to cure FPIES.

The study is being funded by the Midlands Asthma and Allergy Research Association (MAARA). Both Allergy UK and FPIES UK have also helped support this study.

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