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Urticaria and Angioedema

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Urticaria and angioedema evoke a completely different differential diagnosis from angioedema without an associated urticarial syndrome. This review of the literature is to give the reader a global insight into the spectrum of urticaria and angioedema, focusing on differential diagnosis and pathogenic mechanisms. It will define the role of the mast cell, explore a possible autoimmune basis for urticaria, and examine the purported role of food allergy in chronic urticara. Last, the work-up and treatment will be discussed. Urticaria and angioedema are frustrating problems for both physicians and their patients; however, the problem can best be approached by considering urticaria as a symptom rather than a specific disease. The physical examination and medical history remain the two most important pieces of information.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2002

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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