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Use of Baked Milk in Oral Immunotherapy for Severe IgE-mediated Cow's Milk Protein Allergic Patients

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified October 2013 by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Assaf Harofeh MC, Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center Identifier:
First received: August 25, 2013
Last updated: October 20, 2013
Last verified: October 2013

Oral immunotherapy (OIT) programs for milk, egg and peanut, desensitize patients to their respective allergens and thereby decrease their risk of morbidity and mortality. OIT programs, however, are not without adverse events, particularly in highly sensitive patients. Recently, it has been demonstrated that the administration of baked milk (BM) products to IgE-CMA patients that are non-reactive to BM, can promote tolerance to unheated milk (UM). The goal of our research is to determine whether BM can promote desensitization even in the highly sensitive patient, who reacts to baked milk as well. In a second step, we hypothesize BM-OIT will promote desensitization to unheated milk, as well.

Importance: The change in the risk/benefit ratio of such a program will alter the therapeutic approach to an IgE-CMP allergic patient.

Probable implications to Medicine: BM-OIT will allow highly sensitive patients to tolerate milk products, decreasing their risk of life-threatening reactions. Furthermore, analysis of the immune modulation parameters that change during the treatment program, should pave the way for defining mechanisms underlying tolerance in CMP allergy.

Condition Intervention
Cow's Milk Allergy
Other: Baked milk

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment

Further study details as provided by Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • The amount of milk protein (mg) that can be tolerated as baked milk in highly sensitized CMA patietns [ Time Frame: Day 1 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • The increase in tolerated CMP (mg) following 6 month of OIT in comparison to an observational control group kept on a CMP free diet [ Time Frame: one year ]

Estimated Enrollment: 50
Study Start Date: January 2013
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Baked milk group
BM (baked milk)
Other: Baked milk
No Intervention: Control
IgE-cow's milk allergic patients not treated with OIT

Detailed Description:

In our first aim, we will test over a four day induction (escalating) program, whether highly sensitive UM-reactive patients) can tolerate BM . Those successful will be randomized to a treated BM-OIT group (group A) and an observational control group (group B). In the second aim, the fraction of patients in Group A who successfully progress in BM-OIT (tolerate ≥ 360 mg BM) over a 6 month period will be determined and compared to the fraction of patients in Group B who can tolerate 360mg. The results will also be compared to the progression of highly sensitive IgE-CMA patients on UM-OIT (Group C, reactive to ≤21 mg of UM ). In aim-3, the fraction of BM-OIT patients able to tolerate minimally ≥ 12.5 mg of UM or higher than their initially eliciting dose. will be assessed.

Methods: Severe patients (>4 years) with a positive clinical history, SPT and a positive DBPCFC to CMP will be first tested for their ability to tolerate BM. The treatment group will undergo three rounds of oral induction, each consisting of 4 days and performed every 4 weeks. On day #1, the patient will be rapidly desensitized up to their threshold. On days 2-3, the maximum tolerable dose and interval is determined. Day #4 mimics the home treatment. Home treatment will then continue until the next induction. After 6 months of treatment patients will be evaluated for reactivity to UM.


Ages Eligible for Study:   4 Years to 30 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

Patients with IgE-cow's milk allergy reacting to <12.5 mg (any reaction) on oral food challenge to unheated milk

Exclusion Criteria:

Patients with unstable asthma** or those with suspected compliance issues will be excluded. Patients with stable asthma are included.

  • defined as active wheezing and/or use of oral steroids within one month prior to initiation of program and/or FEV1<75% or a greater than 18% increase in FEV1 after bronchodilator treatment.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01968278

Contact: Yitzhak Katz, MD 972-8-9779820

Asaf Harofeh Medical Center Recruiting
Beer Yaakoc, Zerifin, Israel, 70300
Contact: Yitzhak Katz, MD    972-8-9779820   
Principal Investigator: Yitzhak Katz, MD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center
  More Information

Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Assaf Harofeh MC, Helsinki commitee, Assaf-Harofeh Medical Center Identifier: NCT01968278     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 39/12 Asaf
Study First Received: August 25, 2013
Last Updated: October 20, 2013

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Milk Hypersensitivity
Food Hypersensitivity
Hypersensitivity, Immediate
Immune System Diseases processed this record on April 26, 2017