Welcome to the website of the Center for Diagnosis and Treatment of Urticaria

We are a highly specialised center operating at the Department of Internal Diseases, Dermatology and Allergology of the Specialist Hospital in Zabrze (Dept. Head: Prof. Jerzy Jarząb, MD, PhD, Chairman: Dr. Tadeusz Urban, MD)

We provide diagnosis and treatment of urticaria under contract with the National Health Fund (NFZ)

In clinical practice we use the latest treatment methods, including biological therapy with biological drugs

We operate under the patronage of the Medical University of Silesia in Katowice

THE TEAM

Prof. Alicja Kasperska-Zając, MD, PhD – Team Leader

Alicja Grzanka, MD, PhD

Agnieszka Skrzypulec-Frankel, MD, PhD

Agnieszka Sikora-Żydek, MD, PhD

Katarzyna Bieniek, MD

Małgorzata Lipka – nurse

Joanna Szczęśniak – psychologist

Daria Gańczarska – clinical dietitian
I am a graduate the Medical University of Silesia where I studied clinical dietetics. I also hold a degree in biotechnology from the Silesian University of Technology. Providing nutritional advice to people is my passion, and I am able to successfully combine my passion and work. My interests are primarily in providing nutritional advice to those following alternative diets, including vegetarian and vegan diets, as well as special diets for skin diseases. In addition, I work in sports nutrition and am a certified personal trainer. In my work I focus on an individual approach to each patient, adjusting nutrition plans not only to the needs of the person but also to the feasibility of their implementation. I try to educate my patients so they know how and why they should eat, allowing them to make informed dietary choices on a daily basis. I am also constantly expanding my knowledge by attending various types of training. The satisfaction of my patients makes me happy and motivates me to continue my efforts. Apart from nutrition my hobbies include sports and travel.

Marta Radziewicz – Coordinator of the Urticaria Support Group facebook.com/pokrzywka.centrumwsparcia

PhD students:
– Agata Kowalik-Sztylc, MD
– Jacek Sztylc, MD
– Ryszard Grzanka, MD
– Małgorzata Małek, MD (Dortmund, Germany)

SCIENTIFIC ACHIEVEMENTS

Our scientific achievements related to various aspects of systemic immuno-inflammatory response associated with the acute phase response in patients with chronic spontaneous autoreactive/autoimmune urticaria and undetermined pathomechanism, as well as induced urticaria.

The study allowed us to determine the etiopathogenesis of chronic urticaria, accompanying phenomena, risk factors for complications and proper interpretation of biochemical tests performed during routine diagnostics of this disease. For the first time in the world: 1) the importance of the IL-6 system/its receptors in these patients has been described in connection with the activation of acute phase CRP proteins and the degree of severity of the disease; In this disease, increased IL-6-CRP should be considered first of all as indicators of activity/severity of the disease, 2) a connection between the acute phase and the morphotic indices of platelets, along with the advanced glycaemic products have been demonstrated in these patients; 3) various degrees (including severe) of vitamin D3 deficiency was determined, with the highest deficiency occurring in patients with severe exacerbation of symptoms unrelated to the systemic inflammatory response, suggesting supplementation with D3; 4) showed an increase in pentraxin 3 (independent marker of local inflammation and cardiovascular risk) in patients with chronic urticaria and its association with systemic inflammatory response evaluated by CRP; 5) differences in the activation of angiogenesis and the CD40-CD40L system in different types of urticaria were investigated; 6) mainly based on the results of our own studies, it was noted that urticaria is a systemic disease that can be associated with the risk of cardiovascular complications. It has contributed to a change in the therapeutic approach to this disease. It is necessary to fully control the activity/symptoms of this disease in order to minimise the systemic inflammatory response and its associated consequences, as well as the risk of developing other diseases.

Read the full list of our scientific works Click here ⇨

PROMOTING AWARENESS OF URTICARIA

In everyday work we constantly strive to promote awareness of urticaria and its treatment possibilities. Below are examples of our speeches and meetings:

   Silesian Internist Spring 2016

URTICARIA DIAGNOSTICS LABORATORY

We use professional, specialised diagnostic equipment that is essential for proper diagnostics in accordance with EAACI/GALEN/EDF/WAO international guidelines

TempTest

FricTest

Dermagraphic Tester

Ergoline Ergoselect

Non-contact thermometer for measuring body temperature, surface, water

INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

Charité – Universitätsmedizin, Berlin 🌎 charite.de

Urticaria Network e.V., Berlin 🌎 urtikaria.net

Interdisciplinary Mastocytosis Center Charité, Berlin 🌎 mastozytose-centrum-charite.de

CERTIFICATES