Clinical Reflections®: Reflecting on Errors and Missed Opportunities in Chronic Urticaria

Program Overview

Chronic urticaria (CU), also referred to as chronic idiopathic urticaria or chronic spontaneous urticaria is an intensely-pruritic inflammatory skin disorder. Chronic urticaria can last from 6 weeks to several years, and often has a profound negative impact on patients’ quality of life. Chronic urticaria is often considered a notoriously difficult condition to treat. Treatment decisions can be clouded by confusion amongst clinicians regarding evidenced-based treatment guidelines, excessive reliance on personal experience and anecdotal information, and lack of familiarity or comfort with newer therapeutic options.

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Target Audience

This activity is designed for the educational needs of US-based allergy/immunology and dermatology clinicians.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Recognize physical exam findings and symptomatology suggestive of chronic urticaria (CU) and appropriately apply evidence-based practices regarding diagnostic testing and laboratory workup
  • Utilize a guideline-driven approach to treatment intensification for safe and effective management of patients with CU in need of second- and third-line treatment options, while taking into account quality of life issues

Activity Faculty

Michael E. Manning, MD, FAAAAI, FACAAI

President/Medical Director
Medical Research of Arizona
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Associates, Ltd.
Scottsdale, AZ

Anne Marie Ditto, MD

Associate Professor, Medicine
Division of Allergy-Immunology
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL


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