429Berlin, Germany – More than 5 million patients in the EU suffer from urticaria. This heterogeneous family of diseases is generally hard to diagnose and treat, let alone cure. For this reason, the European Centre for Allergy Research Foundation (ECARF) had invited urticaria specialists from all over Europe to the two day expert conference “URTICARIA 2004” under the leadership of GA²LEN and the EAACI dermatology section to Berlin on the first weekend of October.

All major aspects of urticaria and many novel findings from ongoing research projects were presented to and discussed by the more than 400 specialists from 20 different European countries attending this conference. Most importantly, the URTICARIA 2004 participants, led by an international expert panel, drafted new consensus guidelines for diagnosing and treating patients with urticaria using an interactive voting system. These guidelines will be issued by GA²LEN and the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI) early 2005. “Finally, clinicians that care for urticaria patients are provided with advice that is both based on a systematic review of the published literature and supported by many experts from all over Europe,” summarized the expert panel. “These guidelines will certainly aid in the identification and treatment of underlying causes, triggers and symptoms of urticaria, and we hope they will help to reduce unnecessary and sometimes harmful variations in medical practice.”

Read also:
- Urticaria 2004, Consensus Meeting
Last updated 14 July 2009
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