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Idiopathic urticaria

Justin C Chia, P Régine Mydlarski
PURPOSE: Omalizumab is a recombinant humanized monoclonal antibody that inhibits the binding of IgE to the high-affinity IgE receptor (FceRI) on the surface of mast cells and basophils. Omalizumab has been approved for use in asthma, and new reports show promise in a variety of dermatologic diseases. Herein, we review the literature on omalizumab in dermatology and discuss the safety, efficacy and mechanisms of action for this emerging therapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMED, MEDLINE, and Embase databases were searched for the period January 1, 1990, to September 1, 2016...
October 19, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Katarzyna Osipowicz, Agnieszka Kalinska-Bienias, Cezary Kowalewski, Katarzyna Wozniak
Haemodialysis is the most frequent form of renal replacement therapy (RRT) in patients with end-stage renal disorder (ESRD). Patients with ESRD frequently develop skin problems, mainly xerosis, pruritus and hyperpigmentation, as well as bullous diseases, mainly porphyria or pseudoporphyria and, in some cases, bullous pemphigoid (BP). BP is the most common autoimmune sub-epidermal blistering disease, and it predominantly affects elderly people. Clinically, BP is characterised by generalised pruritic, bullous eruptions and urticaria-like lesions...
October 17, 2016: International Wound Journal
Federica Porcaro, Antonio Di Marco, Renato Cutrera
Aspirin hypersensitivity associated with chronic rhinosinusitis-with or without nasal polyposis-and asthma resistant to conventional therapy defines the aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease (AERD). We describe the case of a 15-year-old female patient with adverse reaction to aspirin, chronic rhinosinusitis, and severe asthma. She also experienced chronic idiopathic urticaria worsened by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug administration. AERD was diagnosed based on clinical history and symptoms. Given the poor responsiveness to standard therapy for respiratory and cutaneous symptoms, omalizumab was administered for 24 weeks with control of respiratory symptoms and short term improvement of cutaneous symptoms...
September 29, 2016: Pediatric Pulmonology
Enzo Errichetti, Giuseppe Stinco
Over the last few years, dermoscopy has been shown to be a useful tool in assisting the noninvasive diagnosis of various general dermatological disorders. In this article, we sought to provide an up-to-date practical overview on the use of dermoscopy in general dermatology by analysing the dermoscopic differential diagnosis of relatively common dermatological disorders grouped according to their clinical presentation, i.e. dermatoses presenting with erythematous-desquamative patches/plaques (plaque psoriasis, eczematous dermatitis, pityriasis rosea, mycosis fungoides and subacute cutaneous lupus erythematosus), papulosquamous/papulokeratotic dermatoses (lichen planus, pityriasis rosea, papulosquamous sarcoidosis, guttate psoriasis, pityriasis lichenoides chronica, classical pityriasis rubra pilaris, porokeratosis, lymphomatoid papulosis, papulosquamous chronic GVHD, parakeratosis variegata, Grover disease, Darier disease and BRAF-inhibitor-induced acantholytic dyskeratosis), facial inflammatory skin diseases (rosacea, seborrheic dermatitis, discoid lupus erythematosus, sarcoidosis, cutaneous leishmaniasis, lupus vulgaris, granuloma faciale and demodicidosis), acquired keratodermas (chronic hand eczema, palmar psoriasis, keratoderma due to mycosis fungoides, keratoderma resulting from pityriasis rubra pilaris, tinea manuum, palmar lichen planus and aquagenic palmar keratoderma), sclero-atrophic dermatoses (necrobiosis lipoidica, morphea and cutaneous lichen sclerosus), hypopigmented macular diseases (extragenital guttate lichen sclerosus, achromic pityriasis versicolor, guttate vitiligo, idiopathic guttate hypomelanosis, progressive macular hypomelanosis and postinflammatory hypopigmentations), hyperpigmented maculopapular diseases (pityriasis versicolor, lichen planus pigmentosus, Gougerot-Carteaud syndrome, Dowling-Degos disease, erythema ab igne, macular amyloidosis, lichen amyloidosus, friction melanosis, terra firma-forme dermatosis, urticaria pigmentosa and telangiectasia macularis eruptiva perstans), itchy papulonodular dermatoses (hypertrophic lichen planus, prurigo nodularis, nodular scabies and acquired perforating dermatosis), erythrodermas (due to psoriasis, atopic dermatitis, mycosis fungoides, pityriasis rubra pilaris and scabies), noninfectious balanitis (Zoon's plasma cell balanitis, psoriatic balanitis, seborrheic dermatitis and non-specific balanitis) and erythroplasia of Queyrat, inflammatory cicatricial alopecias (scalp discoid lupus erythematosus, lichen planopilaris, frontal fibrosing alopecia and folliculitis decalvans), nonscarring alopecias (alopecia areata, trichotillomania, androgenetic alopecia and telogen effluvium) and scaling disorders of the scalp (tinea capitis, scalp psoriasis, seborrheic dermatitis and pityriasis amiantacea)...
September 9, 2016: Dermatology and Therapy
Takahiro Satoh
Acquired idiopathic generalized anhidrosis (AIGA) is a sweating disorder characterized by inadequate sweating in response to heat stimuli such as high temperature, humidity, and physical exercise. Patients exhibit widespread nonsegmental hypohidrosis/anhidrosis without any apparent cause, but the palms, soles, and axillae are rarely affected. Heat stroke readily develops due to increased body temperature. AIGA commonly affects young males. Approximately 30-60% of patients show complications of cholinergic urticaria, also known as idiopathic pure sudomotor failure or hypohidrotic cholinergic urticaria...
2016: Current Problems in Dermatology
Bernard Panaszek, Robert Pawłowicz, Jędrzej Grzegrzółka, Andrzej Obojski
Recent years of research have shed a new light on the role of IgE in immune reactions. It seems to be more than just a contribution to immediate type of allergic response. It appears that monomeric IgE may enhance mast cell activity without cross-linking of FcεRI by IgE specific allergen or autoreactive IgG anti-IgE antibodies. Monomeric IgE molecules are heterogeneous concerning their ability to induce survival and activation of mast cells only by binding the IgE to FcεRI, but not affecting degranulation of cells...
August 31, 2016: Archivum Immunologiae et Therapiae Experimentalis
Meryl H Mendelson, Jonathan A Bernstein, Susan Gabriel, Maria-Magdalena Balp, Haijun Tian, Jeffrey Vietri, Mark Lebwohl
PURPOSE: Data are lacking on the burden of chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) versus other dermatologic conditions. This analysis compared the burden of chronic urticaria (CU, proxy for CIU) with psoriasis. METHODS: Data from CU (N = 747) and psoriasis patients (N = 5,107) came from 2010-2012 US National Health and Wellness Surveys. Outcomes included SF-12v2/SF-36v2 mental and physical component summary scores (MCS and PCS, respectively) and other health/activity-related measures...
August 31, 2016: Journal of Dermatological Treatment
Ana M Gimenéz-Arnau, Sheldon Spector, Evgeniya Antonova, Benjamin Trzaskoma, Karin Rosén, Theodore A Omachi, Donald Stull, Maria-Magdalena Balp, Thomas Murphy
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria (CIU/CSU) report difficulty with sleep. METHODS: We examined the effect of omalizumab on sleep-related outcomes during 3-6 months omalizumab or placebo treatment and a 16-week follow-up period within three Phase III double-blind randomized placebo-controlled pivotal trials in CIU/CSU: ASTERIA I, ASTERIA II, and GLACIAL. Sleep quality was assessed in all three studies using sleep-related questions included in an electronic diary, the Chronic Urticaria Quality of Life Questionnaire, and the Medical Outcomes Study Sleep Scale...
2016: Clinical and Translational Allergy
Ching-Hsiung Lin, Shih-Lung Cheng
Despite the expansion of the understanding in asthma pathophysiology and the continual advances in disease management, a small subgroup of patients remain partially controlled or refractory to standard treatments. Upon the identification of immunoglobulin E and other inflammatory mediators, investigations and developments of targeted agents have thrived. Omalizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that specifically targets the circulating immunoglobulin E, which in turn impedes and reduces subsequent releases of the proinflammatory mediators...
2016: Drug Design, Development and Therapy
Mojgan Safari, Hooshyar Sayemiri
INTRODUCTION: The etiology of chronic urticaria is unknown in many cases. In this study, we demonstrated the presence of autoimmune antibodies in patients with chronic urticaria by using of the Autologous Serum Skin Test (ASST). METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional study to detect the presence of autologous antibodies in the serum of 38 patients (25 females and 13 males) with idiopathic chronic urticaria who were referred to the Hamedan Allergy Clinic in 2014...
June 2016: Electronic Physician
M Cicardi, C Suffritti, F Perego, S Caccia
Angioedema is defined as local, noninflammatory, self-limiting edema that is circumscribed owing to increased leakage of plasma from the capillaries located in the deep layers of the skin and the mucosae. Two mediators, histamine and bradykinin, account for most cases of angioedema. Angioedema can occur with wheals as a manifestation of urticaria, and this form is frequently allergic. In the present review, we discuss nonallergic angioedema without wheals, which can be divided into 3 acquired and 4 hereditary forms...
2016: Journal of Investigational Allergology & Clinical Immunology
Maurizio Sessa, Maria Giuseppa Sullo, Annamaria Mascolo, Daniela Cimmaruta, Francesca Romano, Rosa Valentina Puca, Annalisa Capuano, Francesco Rossi, Ada Lo Schiavo
Etanercept is a competitive inhibitor of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) a polypeptide hormone, involved in the development of the immune system, in host defense and immune surveillance. Even if the etanercept mechanism of action is not completely understood, it is supposed that it negatively modulates biological responses mediated by molecules (cytokines, adhesion molecules, or proteinases) induced or regulated by TNF. For this reason, it is widely used in the treatment of immunologicals diseases, such as rheumatoid and psoriatic arthritis, polyarticular juvenile idiopathic active, ankylosing spondylitis, and plaque psoriasis...
April 2016: Journal of Pharmacology & Pharmacotherapeutics
L Cuervo-Pardo, M Barcena-Blanch, C Radojicic
The treatment of antihistamine and steroid resistant Chronic Idiopathic Urticaria (CIU) during pregnancy poses a challenge due to teratogenicity of immunosuppressants. Omalizumab is a recently FDA approved therapy for CIU and is classified as pregnancy category B. We present an initial series of subjects treated at a tertiary care center for antihistamine and steroid resistant CIU with omalizumab who became pregnant during therapy.
July 2016: European Annals of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
James L Zazzali, Allen Kaplan, Marcus Maurer, Karina Raimundo, Benjamin Trzaskoma, Paul G Solari, Evgeniya Antonova, Meryl Mendelson, Karin E Rosén
BACKGROUND: Angioedema, present in some patients with chronic idiopathic/spontaneous urticaria (CIU/CSU), may have a negative effect on patient quality of life. OBJECTIVE: To describe patient-reported angioedema and its management in the pivotal omalizumab studies (ASTERIA I, ASTERIA II, GLACIAL). METHODS: Enrolled patients with CIU/CSU remained symptomatic despite treatment with histamine1 (H1)-antihistamines at licensed doses (ASTERIA I, ASTERIA II) or H1-antihistamines at up to 4 times the approved dose plus H2-antihistamines and/or a leukotriene receptor antagonist (GLACIAL)...
July 13, 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Youin Bae, Kenji Izuhara, Soichiro Ohta, Junya Ono, Gwan Ui Hong, Jai Youl Ro, Gyeong Hun Park, Jeong Hee Choi
Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is a complex idiopathic disease of the skin with various cellular infiltrations. Although mast cells are key effector cells in the pathogenesis of CSU, CD4+ T helper 2 cells also have particular roles in the development and maintenance of CSU. Periostin is known as a downstream molecule of interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-13, key cytokines of type 2 immune responses. In this study, we examined periostin and IL-13 levels in the sera of patients with CSU (n=84) and healthy normal controls (NCs, n=43)...
September 2016: Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Research
Zekayi Kutlubay, Bigen Çakıl Erdogan, Burhan Engin, Server Serdaroglu
Cyclosporine, a member of the calcineurin inhibitor family, has immunomodulatory effects on T cells. It blocks the earliest stages of the immune response by binding to cyclophilin, thus inhibiting calcineurin. It was initially used for transplant patients to prevent transplant rejections. The main indication for cyclosporine in dermatology is severe psoriasis. Other dermatologic indications for the use of cyclosporine include atopic dermatitis, chronic idiopathic urticaria, pyoderma gangrenosum, and Behçet's disease...
2016: Skinmed
P Staubach, T Zuberbier, C Vestergaard, F Siebenhaar, E Toubi, G Sussman
This supplement reports proceedings of the second international Global Urticaria Forum, which was held in Berlin, Germany in November 2015. Despite the clear international guideline, there remain a number of controversies and challenges in the management of patients with chronic urticaria (CU). As a result of major advancements in urticaria over the past 4 years, the current EAACI/GA(2) LEN/EDF/WAO urticaria guideline treatment algorithm requires updating. Case studies from patients with chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) [also called chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)], chronic inducible urticaria (CIndU) or diseases and syndromes related to CU are useful in describing and exploring challenges in disease management...
July 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
M Maurer, M K Church, A M Marsland, G Sussman, F Siebenhaar, C Vestergaard, B Broom
This supplement reports proceedings of the second international Global Urticaria Forum, which was held in Berlin, Germany in November 2015. In 2011, a report of the GA(2) LEN task force on urticaria outlined important and unanswered questions in chronic urticaria (CU). These included, but were not limited to, questions on the epidemiology and course of chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) [also called chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU)], the resources allocated for the diagnosis and treatment of CSU, whether patients with angioedema as an isolated symptom can be regarded as a subgroup of CSU, and the efficacy and long-term safety of therapies...
July 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Heng-Wei Chang, Hui-Man Cheng, Hung-Rong Yen, Chung Y Hsu, Yu-Chen Lee, Jen-Huai Chiang, Mao-Feng Sun
BACKGROUND: Chronic idiopathic urticaria (CIU) is defined as urticaria that is not caused by external triggers. The pathogenesis of CIU remains unknown. A previous study investigated whether hypertension is associated with extended duration of CIU. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the possible association between CIU and hypertension. METHODS: We performed a population-based retrospective cohort study of 2,460 patients with CIU and 9,840 age-, sex-, and index year-matched comparison patients, using the National Health Insurance of Taiwan database...
June 2016: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Joshua J Clark, Aaron M Secrest, Christopher M Hull, Mark J Eliason, Kristin M Leiferman, Gerald J Gleich, Douglas L Powell
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June 2016: Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology
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