Optimal period for achieving sustained unresponsiveness in peanut oral immunotherapy

Asia Pac Allergy. 2023 Sep;13(3):97-104. doi: 10.5415/apallergy.0000000000000110. Epub 2023 Sep 7.


Background: Oral immunotherapy (OIT) can help children with persistent food allergies achieve sustained unresponsiveness (SU). However, the optimal therapeutic period for obtaining SU remains unclear.

Objective: We aimed to retrospectively investigate the association between the OIT treatment period and achievement of SU.

Methods: We enrolled patients who received OIT for peanut allergy between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2022. OIT comprised the build-up phase, maintenance phase, complete avoidance, and an oral food challenge (OFC) for confirming SU. The peanut dose in the OFC was gradually increased to 3,000 mg (peanut protein: 795 mg), which was subsequently maintained for ≥5 months. SU was defined as a negative response to 795 mg of peanut protein after ≥2 weeks of complete avoidance. We evaluated the therapeutic OIT period for achieving SU using Kaplan-Meier analysis.

Results: Forty-eight patients underwent peanut OIT. The starting age at OIT initiation was 8 (interquartile range [IQR], 7-10) years. Forty-one (85%) patients had a history of anaphylaxis. The median specific immunoglobulin E concentration to peanut and Ara h 2 at OIT initiation was 85.3 (IQR, 33.7-100) and 57.6 (IQR, 21.9-100) UA/mL, respectively. The median observational period was 2.1 (IQR, 1.6-3.0) person-years (PY). Thirty-four (71%) patients achieved SU, with the rate of SU achievement gradually increasing with the therapeutic period. The median period until SU achievement was 2.1 (95% confidence interval, 1.6-2.5) PY. The rate of SU achievement slowed down after 2.7 PY.

Conclusion: OIT for at least 2.7 PY can increase the rate of SU achievement. The protocol No. 3107.

Keywords: Food allergy; oral food challenge; oral immunotherapy; peanut; sustained unresponsiveness.