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Giornale Italiano di Dermatologia e Venereologia 2019 June;154(3):227-53

DOI: 10.23736/S0392-0488.19.06301-6

Copyright © 2019 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Italian Guidelines in Patch Testing - adapted from the European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD)

Luca STINGENI 1 , Leonardo BIANCHI 1, Katharina HANSEL 1, Monica CORAZZA 2, Rosella GALLO 3, Fabrizio GUARNERI 4, Cataldo PATRUNO 5, Luigi RIGANO 6, Paolo ROMITA 7, Paolo D. PIGATTO 8, Piergiacomo CALZAVARA-PINTON 9, on behalf of “Skin Allergy” group of SIDeMaST and “SIDAPA” (Società Italiana di Dermatologia Allergologica, Professionale e Ambientale) 

1 Section of Dermatology, Department of Medicine, University of Perugia, Perugia, Italy; 2 Section of Dermatology and Infectious Diseases, Department of Medical Sciences, University of Ferrara, Ferrara, Italy; 3 Dermatologic Clinic, Department of Health Sciences (DiSSAL), University of Genoa, Genoa, Italy; 4 Section of Dermatology, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, University of Messina, Messina, Italy; 5 Section of Dermatology, Department of Health Sciences, Magna Graecia University, Catanzaro, Italy; 6 R&D Department, Institute of Skin and Product Evaluation, Milan, Italy; 7 Section of Dermatology, Department of Biomedical Science and Human Oncology, University of Bari, Bari, Italy; 8 Unit of Clinical Dermatology, Department of Biomedical, Surgical and Dental Sciences, IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute, University of Milan, Milan, Italy; 9 Dermatologic Clinic, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy



Patch testing is the standard procedure used to diagnose allergic contact dermatitis. It is an in-vivo test, which reproduces the reaction to a contact allergen. This in-vivo test aims to reproduce the elicitation phase of allergic contact dermatitis and is performed applying allergens under occlusion on the skin under standardized conditions. These guidelines for the best practice in performing patch test have been developed by an Italian group of experts taking in account the Italian legislation and local pharmacological governance. Guidelines are adapted from the original article under the guidance of the European Society of Contact Dermatitis (ESCD) and on the basis of the SIDAPA guidelines.


KEY WORDS: Patch tests; Guideline; Dermatitis; Contact

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