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Use of anti-TNFs for difficult-to-treat urticaria: response to Cooke et al

Authors Francis Thomsen S, Sand FL

Received 11 October 2015

Accepted for publication 15 October 2015

Published 6 November 2015 Volume 2015:9 Pages 117—118

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/BTT.S98040

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Editor who approved publication: Drs Wei-Qun Ding

Simon Francis Thomsen,1,2 Freja Lærke Sand1,2

1Department of Dermatology, Bispebjerg Hospital, Copenhagen, Denmark; 2Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark

We read with interest the recent paper by Cooke et al about the use of biologic agents for intractable urticaria.1 Particularly, the authors reckon that the evidence supporting the use of anti-TNFs is limited by the small numbers of patients in non-controlled studies, often with urticarial disorders not typical of chronic urticaria such as vasculitis and delayed pressure urticaria. However, we want to draw the authors’ and readers’ attention to our report from 2013 about the use of adalimumab and etanercept in 20 patients with chronic urticaria with or without angioedema2 (updated in 2015 with an additional five patients).3


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