The definition and diagnostic testing of physical and cholinergic urticarias - EAACI/GA2LEN/EDF/UNEV consensus panel recommendations

M. Magerl, E. Borzova, A. Giménez-Arnau, C. E.H. Grattan, F. Lawlor, P. Mathelier-Fusade, M. Metz, A. Młynek, M. Maurer

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    The recommendations for the definition and diagnosis presented in this position paper are the result of a panel consensus meeting held in December 2008 in Berlin. This consensus meeting was a joint initiative of EAACI (European Academy of Allergology and Clinical Immunology) Dermatology Section, the EU-funded network of excellence, GA2LEN (Global Allergy and Asthma European Network), the EDF (European Dermatology Forum) and UNEV (urticaria network e.V.). The aim of these recommendations is to improve the diagnosis and management of patients with physical urticaria or cholinergic urticaria and to promote research and a better understanding of these diseases. Our recommendations used the paper produced by a 1996 expert meeting (1) and they acknowledge the latest changes in our understanding of physical urticarias and cholinergic urticaria as well as the recent development of novel diagnostic tools. In addition, this consensus paper highlights areas of need for further research. © 2009 John Wiley & Sons A/S.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1715-1721
    JournalAllergy: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
    Issue number12
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009


    • Cholinergic urticaria
    • Diagnosis
    • Mast cells
    • Physical urticaria
    • Test protocol


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