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Pressure Urticaria Differential Diagnoses

  • Author: Sarah Beggs; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
 
Updated: Sep 09, 2014
 
 

Diagnostic Considerations

The development of systemic signs of angioedema or urticaria, such as severe swelling and shortness of breath, may coexist with delayed pressure urticaria (DPU).

In addition to the conditions listed in the differential diagnosis, other problems to be considered include the following:

  • Delayed dermographism
  • Vibratory urticaria

Differential Diagnoses

 
 
Contributor Information and Disclosures
Author

Sarah Beggs George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Coauthor(s)

Warren R Heymann, MD Head, Division of Dermatology, Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School

Warren R Heymann, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Society of Dermatopathology, Society for Investigative Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Niraj Butala, MD Resident Physician, Department of Dermatology, Cooper University Hospital

Niraj Butala, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society for Dermatologic Surgery

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Chief Editor

Dirk M Elston, MD Professor and Chairman, Department of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery, Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine

Dirk M Elston, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Acknowledgements

Daniel J Hogan, MD Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine (Dermatology), Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine; Investigator, Hill Top Research, Florida Research Center

Daniel J Hogan, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Contact Dermatitis Society, and Canadian Dermatology Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Jeffrey Meffert, MD Assistant Clinical Professor of Dermatology, University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio

Jeffrey Meffert, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, Association of Military Dermatologists, and Texas Dermatological Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Michael J Wells, MD Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L Foster School of Medicine

Michael J Wells, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, American Medical Association, and Texas Medical Association

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Joslyn S Kirby, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Milton S Hershey Penn State Medical Center

Joslyn S Kirby, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology, International Society for Cutaneous Lymphomas, Pennsylvania Academy of Dermatology, and Women's Dermatologic Society

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Ellen J Kim, MD Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

Ellen J Kim, MD is a member of the following medical societies: Alpha Omega Alpha, American Academy of Dermatology, Dermatology Foundation, Medical Dermatology Society, and Phi Beta Kappa

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

Robin M Levin, MD Staff Physician, Assistant Professor, Department of Family Medicine, Division of Dermatology, Kennedy Hospital at Stratford

Robin M Levin, MD is a member of the following medical societies: American Academy of Dermatology

Disclosure: Nothing to disclose.

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Table. Assessment Tool for Scoring Severity of Disease*
Score Wheals Pruritus
0NoneNone
1Mild (< 20 wheals/24 h)Mild
2Moderate (21-50 wheals/24 h)Moderate
3Intense (>50 wheals/24 h) or large confluent areasIntense
*Score = wheal score (0-3) + pruritus score (0-3); thus, the overall score for severity ranges from 0 to 6.
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