Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Peanut Allergy

Food allergy is defined as an immune response that occurs reproducibly to a given food, typically an immunoglobulin E (IgE)-mediated clinical reaction to specific protein epitopes.  Over the last 20-30 years, food allergy has grown into a major public health problem.  Peanut allergy is a common type of food allergy that accounts for a disproportionate number of fatal and near-fatal anaphylactic events amongst all the common food allergens.


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)

We used Vanderbilt’s Synthetic Derivative (SD), a de-identified version of the EHR, with 2.5 million subjects. We selected all individuals with at least one SLE ICD-9 code (710.0) yielding 5959 individuals. To create a training set, 200 were randomly selected for chart review. A subject was defined as a case if diagnosed with SLE by a rheumatologist, nephrologist, or dermatologist.