Graça Loureiro

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BACKGROUND An autoimmune pathogenic mechanism is implicated in about one-third of patients with chronic urticaria (CU), involving circulating functional autoantibodies to either the high affinity IgE receptor (LgG1/IgG3 anti-FcARI) or to IgE, with histamine releasing activity. New therapeutic approaches had been developed for patients with severe or(More)
We report the case of a 21-year old man with a long-standing history of severe asthma and allergic rhinosinusitis who developed progressive worsening of dyspnea, wheezing, productive cough, and nasal obstruction, with little response to antibiotics and repeated short courses of oral corticosteroids. A diagnosis of allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis was(More)
Cova da Beira is an interior central region of Portugal, with a population of 93000 inhabitants divided in urban and rural living areas. The aim of this study was to access the prevalence of aeroallergens sensitisation in an allergic population, according to the urban and the rural environmental exposure and according to age. 1096 patients observed for(More)
BACKGROUND Overweight and obesity are major health issues in Western societies. They are related with a higher risk of different co-morbidities but their relationship with airway hyperresponsiveness (AHR) is still under discussion. Nevertheless, they are related to higher severity in asthma and other respiratory diseases. The aim of the study was to analyze(More)
INTRODUCTION Food allergy is an increasing problem with limited therapeutic approaches apart from to the eviction diet. CASE PRESENTATION A 40-year-old female patient with food allergy symptoms was polysensitized to almost all vegetable food since the age of 36; the onset of symptoms was during pregnancy. The allergological study demonstrated positive(More)
BACKGROUND Profilin is a panallergen found in pollens and fruits. Sensitization to this protein may explain some sensitization to multiple pollen species. We aimed to evaluate sensitization to profilin in patients suffering from respiratory allergy sensitized to pollens, in the Central region of Portugal. METHODS Patients were evaluated for asthma(More)
CD86 is a well-known costimulatory molecule in its interaction with CD28 and/or CTLA present on T cells, and is essential for full activation of naïve T-cell and subsequent differentiation. Usually the B7 molecules are expressed mainly on APCs and B cells and in specific conditions on other activated cells. These costimulatory molecules are involved in the(More)
Cova da Beira is an interior central region of Portugal, with a population of 93,000 inhabitants. The first pollen counts performed in Portugal revealed the highest values of the country in this area. The aim of this study was to assess the aeroallergens sensitization in an allergic population, according to the age groups. In a 5 year period (1995-2000)(More)
INTRODUCTION T cell receptor excision circles (TREC) on CD31+ T cells are related to recent thymic emigrant cells (RTEs). The involvement of the functional thymic tissue occurs early in the IgE-mediated allergic reaction, and in response to specific immunotherapy (SIT). AIM Evaluation of specific immunotherapy effects on TREC number in peripheral T cells(More)
Practitioner's Corner father mentioned that on the placebo day he had eaten an omelet sandwich less than half an hour before the onset of the child's reaction; immediately afterwards he had played with and kissed his son without washing his hands or mouth. With this information, we suspected that the patient had experienced contact urticaria caused by egg(More)