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Private Clinic of Dermatovenereology, Svidnik, Slovakia
Hana Zelenková has been active in the field of Dermatovenerology since 1973. Since 2000 she has been directing her own Private Clinic of Dermatovenereology. Professional orientation: aesthetic dermatology, acne and facial dermatoses, medicinal mycology (nail diseases), wound management, psoriasis, employment of Ichthyol and carboxytherapy in dermatology. She is a coordinator of many international multicentre trials. More than 555 expert lectures in the Slovak Republic as well as abroad, 440 scientific publications. Co-author of the dermatocosmetic formulae containing Ichthamol and glycyrrhizinic acid. Author of the book “Carboxytherapy” (2015), translated into 4 languages. Regularly invited to deliver lectures at international congresses. Founder and President of the Slovak Society for Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatology (SSEDK), organizer and President of the traditional international DERMAPARTY congress. Since 2006 Vice-President European Society of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatology, since 2007 President of the European Society of Aesthetic and Cosmetic Dermatology.
Fibroblasts and keratinocytes represent great and popular therapeutic modalities used in medicine, including dermatology. In this respect, keratinocytes are very important in the treatment of skin defects especially in extensive burns. There are autologous and allogenic skin grafts. The development is heading towards the utilisation of biosynthetic and combined skin grafts that resemble the structure of normal skin –cultivated allogenic and autologous keratinocytes, allogenic or autologous composites, acellular matrices, collagen/hyaluronic acid based matrices, and matrices combining various types of cells (keratinocytes, dermal fibroblasts, stem cells). In a successful clinical practice, it is inevitable to establish and maintaingreat cooperation between the physician and an accredited tissue bank or a specialised laboratory. We shall present the usage of fibroblasts in the therapy of a huge pressure ulcer, with great regenerative and rejuvenating effects. Thesuspension of fibroblasts in salinesolutionwas administered in form of intradermal injections. Thenumber of injectionswasdetermined by thenature and size of theproblemarea on the skin. The anti-ageingtreatmentincluded 3 sessions. Theprocedurewasminimum invasive, no allergicreactionswereobserved. Great effects were documented in the usage of dermal and epidermal grafts in the therapy of acute and chronic wounds.
Union Square Medical Associates, San Francisco, USA
Dr. Stricker received his medical degree and training in Internal Medicine at Columbia University in New York. He did subspecialty training in Hematology/Oncology at the University of California San Francisco, and supplemental training in Immunology and Immunotherapy at California Pacific Medical Center in San Francisco. He is currently Medical Director of Union Square Medical Associates, a multispecialty practice in San Francisco. Dr. Stricker is a member of the California State Lyme Disease Advisory Committee, and he has testified at Lyme disease hearings before the California State Senate and the United States Congress. He has authored over 200 medical journal articles and abstracts, and he is internationally recognized as a leader in tickborne disease diagnosis, treatment and research.
Morgellons disease (MD) is a skin condition characterized by the presence of multicolored filaments that lie under, are embedded in, or project from skin. Although the condition may have a longer history, disease matching the above description was first reported in the United States in 2002. Since that time, the condition that we know as MD has become a polemic topic. Because individuals afflicted with the disease may have crawling or stinging sensations and sometimes believe they have an insect or parasite infestation, most medical practitioners consider MD to be a purely delusional disorder. In a literature review, clinical studies supporting the hypothesis that MD is exclusively delusional in origin have considerable methodological flaws and often neglect the fact that mental disorders can result from underlying somatic illness. In contrast, rigorous experimental investigations show that this skin affliction results from a physiological response to the presence of an infectious agent. Recent studies from that point of view show an association between MD and spirochetal infection in humans, cattle and dogs. These investigations have determined that the cutaneous filaments are not implanted textile fibers, but are composed of the cellular proteins keratin and collagen and result from overproduction of these filaments in response to spirochetal infection. Further studies of the genetics, pathogenesis and treatment of MD are warranted.