Fast Allergy Sensitivity Test

  • End date
    Mar 4, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Clinique du Trocadéro
Updated on 18 October 2021


Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), or functional colopathy, is a chronic disease that affects 10% to 20% of the world's population.This syndrome is characterized by chronic abdominal pain or discomfort as well as a change in bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea) in the absence of structural or metabolic abnormalities (e.g. celiac disease, Crohn's disease). These symptoms have an impact on the quality of life of these patients who must therefore integrate the management of their disease into their daily life.IBS is subdivided into 3 subtypes according to the predominant symptom: the IBS-D subtype which groups together patients who have a predominance of diarrheal episodes, the IBS-C subtype which groups together patients who have a predominance of '' episodes of constipation and finally the IBS-M subtype which includes patients whose two symptoms mentioned above are observed without predominance


In 2014, Fritscher-Ravens et al., Described for the first time the value of endomicroscopy in the diagnosis of food allergies by observing the reaction of the duodenal mucosa to food allergens in patients with IBS. They assessed the structural and functional changes that were occurring in the intestinal lining in vivo and noted the following changes at the cellular

  • The layers of epithelial cells break down and are removed forming voids and inducing an immediate increase in the fluid permeability of the duodenal mucosa. As a result, the contrast agent penetrates the lumen, widening the space between the villi and changing the appearance from black to white.
  • These changes were usually seen between 2 min and 4 min after exposure to the allergen.

This procedure, called FAST (Food Allergy Sensitivity Test), has since been used routinely in certain centers in Germany. However, few studies have been published that have shown the reproducibility of these results as well as the performance of this new test. The study that the investigators propose to conduct is a prospective multicenter pilot study conducted in the Trocadero Clinic

  1. Pre-test consultation The patients will first be seen by a nutritionist. During this consultation, eligible patients will be offered, in addition to endoscopy performed in current practice, the possibility of performing the FAST test during endoscopy. Up to 7 days before the operation, a questionnaire allowing the assessment of the severity of symptoms (IBS-SSS) will be provided to the patient who has agreed to participate in the study. The answers to the questionnaire will be used as a reference to assess the evolution of symptoms if a food exclusion diet were to be put in place following the procedure. Finally, two to three days before the FAST test, the patient will be asked to follow an exclusion diet and consume only hypoallergenic nutritional foods: rice, potatoes, olive oil, salt.

2 Carrying out the test Before the start of the test, a standard high-end endoscopy will be performed to look for any signs of structural mucosal abnormalities that suggest gastrointestinal disease. In the event of a mucosal abnormality observed on endoscopy, the CLE FAST procedure will be canceled. In the case of mild reflux disease, the test may be done.

Prior to the first challenge, 2.5 ml of 10% fluorescein (SERB) will be administered to the patient intravenously.

Before any challenge and after the fluorescein injection, to establish a comparison image, a first acquisition with the endomicroscopy system of the duodenal mucosa will be carried out on a minimum of 4 sites (approximately 20 seconds each) to verify the integrity of the mucosa.

During the acquisition of the reference sequences and during all subsequent acquisitions, areas of the mucosa that show bleeding and other visible signs of inflammation will not be imaged in order to avoid false positives.

Once the reference images have been acquired, a first food allergen will be applied to the duodenal mucosa starting with the most distal part of the duodenum. After 2 minutes following the application of the allergen, observation using the endomicroscopy system can begin by applying the GastroFlex UHD probe to the duodenal mucosa where the allergen has been projected. . Observation will last up to 3 minutes per site observed. If no reaction is observed, the same manipulation will be carried out using a new allergen. If the observed reaction is positive, the test will be stopped.

The test can be performed using up to 5 different allergens as long as the total time after fluorescein injection does not exceed 30min.

Condition Food Allergy, food allergies
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05072665
SponsorClinique du Trocadéro
Last Modified on18 October 2021


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Inclusion Criteria

Patients over 18 years old
Diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome according to the ROME IV classification
Negative blood test: determination of IgE; anti-transglutaminase IgA assay (celiac disease)
Symptoms potentially related to a food allergy
Sufficient cooperation and understanding to comply with the requirements of the study with a post-Cellvizio medical examination at 2 weeks, 2 months and 6 months

Exclusion Criteria

Patients under 18
Patient benefiting from a legal protection measure (curatorship, guardianship, etc.)
Pregnant or breastfeeding woman
Known allergy to fluorescein
Digestive cancer (stomach cancer colon rectal cancer)
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