Diagnosis and treatment of urticaria and angioedema: A worldwide perspective

Mario Sánchez-Borges, Riccardo Asero, Ignacio J. Ansotegui, Ilaria Baiardini, Jonathan A. Bernstein, G. Walter Canonica, Richard Gower, David A. Kahn, Allen P. Kaplan, Connie Katelaris, Marcus Maurer, Hae Sim Park, Paul Potter, Sarbjit Saini, Paolo Tassinari, Alberto Tedeschi, Young Min Ye, Torsten Zuberbier

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Urticaria and angioedema are common clinical conditions representing a major concern for physicians and patients alike. The World Allergy Organization (WAO), recognizing the importance of these diseases, has contributed to previous guidelines for the diagnosis and management of urticaria. The Scientific and Clinical Issues Council of WAO proposed the development of this global Position Paper to further enhance the clinical management of these disorders through the participation of renowned experts from all WAO regions of the world. Sections on definition and classification, prevalence, etiology and pathogenesis, diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis are based on the best scientific evidence presently available. Additional sections devoted to urticaria and angioedema in children and pregnant women, quality of life and patient-reported outcomes, and physical urticarias have been incorporated into this document. It is expected that this article will supplement recent international guidelines with the contribution of an expert panel designated by the WAO, increasing awareness of the importance of urticaria and angioedema in medical practice and will become a useful source of information for optimum patient management worldwide.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-147
Number of pages23
JournalWorld Allergy Organization Journal
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2012


  • Angioedema
  • Urticaria

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy


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