Kiwi fruit allergy: a review

Pediatr Allergy Immunol. 2003 Dec;14(6):420-8. doi: 10.1046/j.0905-6157.2003.00095.x.


Allergy to kiwi fruit was first described in 1981, and there have since been reports of the allergy presenting with a wide range of symptoms from localized oral allergy syndrome (OAS) to life-threatening anaphylaxis. The article reviews the available information concerning the clinical features of kiwi fruit allergy and the role of clinical investigations for diagnosis. Work identifying the major allergens in kiwi fruit has resulted in conflicting results, the possible reasons for which are discussed. The clinical associations of kiwi fruit allergy with allergies to pollens or latex are reviewed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Actinidia / adverse effects*
  • Allergens / adverse effects
  • Anaphylaxis / diagnosis
  • Anaphylaxis / etiology
  • Anaphylaxis / therapy
  • Cross Reactions
  • Food Hypersensitivity / diagnosis*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / etiology*
  • Food Hypersensitivity / therapy
  • Fruit / adverse effects*
  • Humans
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / diagnosis
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / etiology
  • Latex Hypersensitivity / therapy
  • Pollen / adverse effects


  • Allergens