Clinical Case: Is There Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) "Allergy"?

A 50-year old female is self-referred to the allergy clinic for evaluation of "MSG allergy." She complains of nausea and headache within minutes of eating Chinese food.

The patient would like to be tested for "MSG allergy."

Do you think this patient has an allergy to monosodium glutamate (MSG)? Are there any tests for "MSG allergy"?

Read more in Intolerance to Monosodium Glutamate (MSG) at AllergyCases.org.

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