Chronic urticaria: what is new, where are we headed
M. Ferrer and A.P. Kaplanb
(a) Department of Allergy, Clinica Universitaria, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain.
(b) National Allergy, Asthma, & Urticaria Centers of Charleston, Charleston, SC, USA.
Magazine: Allergologia et Immunopathologia
Date: Apr 1, 2007Allergology and Immunology Department
Chronic urticaria can be defined as the occurrence of widespread daily or nearly daily wheals for at least 6 weeks, which may be accompanied by angioedema.
It is a disease with a considerable impact on patients’ quality of life. Furthermore, these patients may undergo extensive laboratory evaluations seeking a cause only to be frustrated when none is found.
There is no curative treatment for this disorder and we do not understand the mechanisms that lead to the onset of disease. However, in recent years there have been significant advances in the understanding of some of the molecular mechanisms that cause cutaneous inflammation that is manifest as urticaria and angioedema. In this review we will summarize our recent contributions to this field and try to offer insights regarding future directions for research.
CITATION Allergol Immunopathol (Madr). 2007 Mar-Apr;35(2):57-61
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