Idiopathic chronic urticaria and thyroid autoimmunity

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Urticaria is defined as a widespread, fugacious, itchy cutaneous swelling; it is one of the most frequent dermatosis, being its prevalence in general population estimated about 20%.1 Urticaria is regarded as idiopathic in approximately 75% of affected patients.1 Chronic form is defined as at least 6-week history of the disorder and chronic urticaria (CU) was observed in about 25% of the cases.

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research paperResearch paperDermato-Endocrinology 3:4, 255-258; October/November/ 2011; 2011 Landes BioscienceIdiopathic chronic urticariaand thyroid autoimmunityExperience of a single centerVincenzo Nuzzo,1 Libuse Tauchmanova,2 Paola Colasanti,3 Alfonso Zuccoli and Annamaria ColaoInternal Medicine Unit; 2Dermatology Unit; S. Gennaro Hospital; Naples, Italy; 3Department of Molecular and Clinical Endocrinology and Oncology;Federico II University of Naples; Naples, Italy1Keywords: urticaria, Hashimotos thyroiditis, iodine deficiencyUrticaria is one of the most frequent dermatosis, being its prevalence in general population estimated about 20%. Thisprospective case-control study was aimed at determining the prevalence of thyroid autoimmune disorders in a cohort ofpatients with chronic urticaria (CU), all living within an area with mild-to-moderate iodine deficiency. Fifty four consecutivepatients affected by CU were recruited and compared to 108 healthy controls. Assessment of the thyroid functionincluded measurement of serum concentrations of TSH, FT3, FT4, anti-thyreoglobulin (anti-TG) and anti-peroxidase (antiTPO) antibodies. Ultrasound s

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