Agnieszka Owczarczyk-Saczonek

Agnieszka Owczarczyk-Saczonek
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn · Departament of Dermatology Sexually Transmitted Disease and Clinical Immunology

PhD

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January 2020 - present
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Position
  • Chair
January 2013 - May 2021
Consultant in dermatology and venereology
Position
  • Consultant
September 2012 - present
University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn
Position
  • Professor (Assistant)
Education
November 2003 - November 2003
Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
Centrum Egzaminów Medycznych w Lodzi
Field of study
  • dermatology and venereology
September 1999 - June 2000
October 1988 - June 1994
Medical University of Lublin
Field of study
  • medicine

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Publications (116)
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Cutaneous adverse drug reactions (CADRs) are among the most common types of drug hypersensitivity reactions. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the clinical spectrum of CADRs and to determine the causal relationship between drugs, comorbidities, cofactors or concomitant symptoms, and cutaneous reactions. A retrospective hospital-based study...
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Tetracyclines are a group of antibiotics whose first representative was discovered over 70 years ago. Since then, they have been of great interest in dermatology. In addition to their antibacterial activity, they are able to inhibit metalloproteinases and exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and antioxidant effects. The side effects have been...
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Psoriasis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory skin diseases, constituting a significant health and socioeconomic problem. Despite numerous therapeutic options, the results of treatment very often remain insufficient. It is extremely important to remember that many external factors impact the effectiveness of therapy. This article discuss...
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Isotretinoin (ISO) is an oral prescription-only retinoid, well known for its acne-treating effect. However, it affects a substantial number of human cell types, causing a broad spectrum of adverse effects. The purpose of this study is to establish the isotretinoin therapy adverse events among human clinical trials and their prevalence. Two authors...
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The assessment of psoriatic nail changes in everyday practice is based exclusively on clinical symptoms that do not reflect the entire disease process in the nail apparatus. The use of imaging methods, especially widely available and inexpensive ultrasonography, creates the possibility of additional revealing and assessing grayscale of morphologica...
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Tetracyclines are a group of antibiotics whose first representative was discovered over 70 years ago. Since then, they have been of great interest in dermatology. In addition to their antibacterial activity, they are able to inhibit metalloproteinases and exhibit anti-inflammatory, anti-apoptotic and antioxidant effects. The side effects have been...
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Vitiligo is described as a dermatological condition characterized by pigmentation disorders in both the skin and mucous membranes. Clinically, this disease is characterized by the presence of well-defined white areas of various shapes and sizes, which are a manifestation of a reduced number of melanocytes. Due to the fact that vitiligo can be a sig...
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The epidemiology of psoriasis has not been widely assessed in Polish population so far. This study aimed to investigate psoriasis epidemiological situation by evaluating disease course and severity, management, comorbidities, environmental factors, and knowledge about this disorder among psoriatic patients in Poland. A cross-sectional cohort popula...
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One role of neutrophils, the most abundant innate immune sentinels, is neutrophil extracellular trap (NET) formation, which plays a significant role in immune surveillance. However, NET operation is bidirectional. Recent studies report that NETs may contribute to the development of autoimmune diseases such as psoriasis. The participation of neutrop...
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Psoriasis vulgaris is a common inflammatory skin disease with still unknown pathogenesis. In recent years, genetic and environmental factors have been mentioned as the main causes. Among environmental factors, many researchers are trying to investigate the role of mental health and its importance in the development of many diseases. In the pathophy...
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Abstrakt Psoriasis is one of the most common chronic, incurable inflammatory skin diseases, affecting 2–4% of the general population. Etiopathogenesis of this disease remains unclear. It is widely considered to be a multifactorial disorder caused by the interaction between inherited susceptibility alleles and environmental risk factors, such as lif...
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The prevalence of venous leg ulcers (VLUs) differs between 1.5% and 3% in the general population. The challenge in treating VLUs is common recurrence. Moreover, VLUs can be resistant to healing, despite appropriate treatment. In these cases, advanced wound therapies should be considered. The number of new technologies, applied in VLUs treatment, ha...
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Background: In the course of plaque psoriasis, tissue resident memory cells (TRM) are responsible for the phenomenon of "immune memory" of lesions, i.e., the appearance of recurrences of lesions in the same location, as well as Koebner phenomenon. We present results determining the location and amount of TRM in psoriatic lesions in patients suffer...
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By participating in both the recruitment and activation of T lymphocytes, macrophages and neutrophils at the site of psoriatic inflammation, chemokines play an important role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis and, crucially, may be one indicator of the response to the systemic treatment of the disease. As a result of their major involvement in both...
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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a glycosaminoglycan, a natural component of the extracellular matrix. The identical structure of the molecule in all living organisms is its main advantage, as it translates into the minimal probability of immunogenicity. Therefore, it is the closest to the ideal preparation used as a filler, due to its biocompatibility and...
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Psoriasis is a chronic, inflammatory skin disease present in about 3% of the world’s population. The clinical symptoms manifest diversely, therefore one can distinguish several subtypes of psoriasis. The majority of patients with psoriasis experience pruritus, which is an unpleasant sensation that decreases patients’ quality of life. The knowledge...
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Caspase-14 is a unique member of the caspase family—a family of molecules participating in apoptosis. However, it does not affect this process but regulates another form of programmed cell death—cornification, which is characteristic of the epidermis. Therefore, it plays a crucial role in the formation of the skin barrier. The cell death cycle has...
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The study aimed to evaluate the effect of retinoid treatment on the morphological changes in the nail apparatus in patients with nail psoriasis. Material and methods: 41 patients aged 32 to 64 with nail psoriasis, without clinical signs of psoriatic arthritis, started on acitretin 0.6 to 0.8 mg kg b.w./d, for six months and 28 people in the contr...
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Both dyslipidemia and the development of atherosclerosis are thought to be linked to psoriasis. The formation of atherosclerotic plaques is facilitated by low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and promoted by anti-oxidized low-density lipoprotein (anti-oxLDL). Oxidized LDL (oxLDL) and anti-oxLDL levels are increased in patients with psoriasis. In...
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Cyclitols are high polarity polyols, belonging to secondary metabolites, which are easily isolable from plant material. These compounds are biosynthetically derived from glucose, and occur in all living cells. They form a group of biologically active compounds and participate in many cellular processes such as: membrane biogenesis, signal transduct...
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Cyclitols are widely available natural sugars which do not exert toxic effects. Their anti‐inflammatory and antioxidant properties may be used in the treatment of psoriasis. The aim of this placebo‐controlled, double‐blind study was to evaluate the clinical effects of D‐chiro‐inositol (DCI) in mild plaque psoriasis (46 psoriatic patients and 10 hea...
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Introduction: Cellulitis is less common local infection caused by staphylococci but may be accompanied by severe symptoms. Aim: The authors present a case of a 25-year-old woman with cellulitis in the lower jaw area, who had a complication in the form of purulent pneumonia with numerous abscesses and pleurisy. Case study: The patient, 25-year-old w...
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Introduction: Cutis calcification is the deposition of calcium in the skin and subcutaneous tissues and is classified into four subsets. Dystrophic calcifications are the most common type of skin calcification, occurring mainly in damaged tissues or in course of autoimmune disease. However, the coexistance of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and...
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Introduction: Among the diseases associated with psoriasis linked to smoking are primarily cardiovascular diseases (including atherosclerosis) and metabolic syndrome. In addition, cigarette smoking also affects the effectiveness of systemic treatment of psoriasis. Aim: Assessment of the effect of cigarette smoking on biomarkers of atherosclerosis i...
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Introduction: Behçet disease (BD) is a rare systemic vasculitis of unknown aetiology, which can involve different size arteries and veins. The syndrome is characterized by oral aphthous ulcers, genital ulcers, skin and ocular lesions, arthritis, gastrointestinal ulcers, and neurological signs. Aim: The aim of this paper is to discuss comorbidity of...
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Introduction: The course of psoriasis is associated with recurrence of the lesions at the same location despite effective treatment. It is due to the presence of TRM (tissue-resident memory cells) in the seemingly healthy skin, which may initiate an inflammatory cascade. Aim: The assessment of TRM in psoriatic lesions prior to and after 12 weeks...
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Background: Psoriasis is a chronic inflammation resulting from interactions between immunological and genetic factors. An important tolerogenic role in this autoimmunological disease is played by HLA-G, which is modulated by IL-10. Therefore, this study (N=80) aimed to evaluate changes in the serum sHLA-G and IL-10 levels in active psoriasis vulga...
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Dysfunctional regulatory T lymphocytes are important for the pathogenesis of psoriasis and atherosclerosis. We analyzed the severity of atherosclerosis and the concentration of regulatory cytokines in patients with psoriasis who were administered methotrexate or adalimumab for 12 weeks. We included 34 patients with psoriasis (17 each, administered...
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Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory arthropathy associated with psoriasis as well as a complex pathogenesis. Genetic and environmental factors trigger the development of the immune-mediated auto-inflam-matory response in different sites: skin, bone marrow, entheses and synovial tissues. Studies of the last two decades...
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Erysipelas is an acute bacterial disease of the skin and subcutaneous tissue. Its most commonly caused by group A beta-haemolytic Streptococci. Factors predisposing to infection include: old age, chronic diseases and immunodeficiency. Erysipelas the most typically develops on lower limbs. Very rarely the lesions are located on the trunk or the geni...
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Background and objectives: The shared pathogenesis of psoriasis and atherosclerosis may be determined by assaying the levels of endothelial activation molecules. This study aimed at evaluating vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1) and E-selectin serum concentrations, and atherosclerosis severity in patients with plaque psoriasis. It also aimed...
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INTRODUCTION: The aim of the study is to assess the long-term safety and efficacy of hyaluronic acid (HA) administration in correction of facial morphea lesions and to review the literature on the subject. Morphea is a chronic inflammatory disease of the connective tissue which may lead to serious deformations. The lesions located on the face parti...
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Psoriasis is a systemic disease that is strictly connected with metabolic disorders (insulin resistance, atherogenic dyslipidemia, arterial hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases). It occurs more often in patients with a more severe course of the disease. Obesity is specially an independent risk factor and it is associated with a worse treatment...
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Introduction: Epidermal-fatty acid-binding protein (E-FABP) is a marker of transiently amplifying cells which are formed from stem cells in epidermis. Their role is an uptake of fatty acids and metabolism. Psoriatic keratinocytes overexpress E-FABPs, which leads to acanthosis and may explain the lipid's disturbances in psoriasis. Aim: Assessment...
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Psoriasis is a multifactorial disease in which genetic, environmental and epigenetic factors regulating gene expression play a key role. In the "genomic era", genome-wide association studies together with target genotyping platforms performed in different ethnic populations have found more than 50 genetic susceptible markers associated with the ris...
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Vitiligo is the most common hypopigmentation disease affecting both the skin and mucous membranes. The pathogenesis of this disorder is complex and involves the influence of genetic and environmental factors, oxidative stress, and autoimmune responses. Recent studies have indicated that skin lesions observed in vitiligo tend to recur in the same pl...
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Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease affecting approximately 1–3% of the general population. Although skin lesions are the primary clinical manifestation of the condition, psoriasis – especially moderate to severe – is currently regarded as a systemic disease, not only associated with the development of psoriatic arthritis but also linked to...
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Psoriasis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory dermatoses. We present the second part of the diagnostic and therapeutic guidelines on psoriasis. The second part discusses the principles of treatment of plaque psoriasis, with a particular emphasis on systemic drugs. The guidelines have been updated to take into consideration new therapies...
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Psoriasis is a common, chronic, inflammatory, immune-mediated skin disease affecting about 2% of the world's population. According to current knowledge, psoriasis is a complex disease that involves various genes and environmental factors, such as stress, injuries, infections and certain medications. The chronic inflammation of psoriasis lesions dev...
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Botulinum toxin (BoNT) is a valuable therapeutic tool with several medical indications and the most popular of all cosmetic procedures worldwide. This is the reason for the growing number of unregistered products that may be the reason for adverse reactions. We present a case of a 51‐year‐old woman who developed a pyoderma gangrenosum‐like reaction...
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Introduction: Fatigue is an important and underrated symptom of many chronic diseases. Aim: The evaluation of incidence and severity of fatigue as well as the influence of selected factors on fatigue in patients with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Material and methods: The study included 60 patients with PsA, 58 patients with psorias...
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Immune-mediated inflammatory diseases are a group of diseases characterized by generalized inflammation that results from immune dysregulation, especially involving the mechanisms of acquired immunity. These diseases may be familial, showing that genetic factors play an important role in their development. Additionally, the occurrence of one diseas...
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The natural course of psoriasis is the appearance of new lesions in the place of previous ones, which disappeared after a successful therapy. Recent studies of psoriasis etiopathogenesis showed that after psoriatic plaques have disappeared, in healthy skin we can still find a trace of inflammation in the form of tissue resident memory cells (TRM)....
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Introduction: A coexistence of pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) and granulomatosis with polyangiitis (GPA) is observed extremely rarely. Some authors believe that skin ulcers like-PG may be a cutaneous manifestation of the GPA. They highlight the difficulties in assessing the histopathological picture: lack of clear diagnostic criteria for PG and recommen...
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Introduction: Lichen sclerosus (LS) is a chronic inflammatory dermatosis which may lead to scarring and atrophy of the tissues. It has predilection for the skin and mucoses of anogenital area in men, women and children. The extragenital lesions occur less frequently. The most common symptoms are itching, pain and dyspareunia. The true prevalence of...
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Introduction: Fish tank granuloma is a rare dermatitis caused by Mycobacterium marinum. Infection occurs through contact of damaged skin with water or aquatic animals infected with these bacteria. Aim: It is likely that skin infection caused by M. marinum transmitted from Clarias gariepinus has as yet not been reported in literature. Our case repor...
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Introduction: Interleukin 35 (IL-35) has recently been characterized as a cytokine connected with the IL-12 group. The secretion of IL-35 was described in forkhead box protein 3 (Foxp3) + regulatory T cells (Tregs), peripheral γδ T cells, CD8+ T cells, placental trophoblasts, antigen-presenting cells (APCs) and regulatory B cells (Breg). Aim: The a...
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Rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS), and psoriatic arthritis (PsA) make up a group of chronic immune-mediated inflammatory diseases (IMIDs). The course of these diseases involves chronic inflammation of joints and enthesopathies, which can result in joint damage and disability. Microparticles...
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Introduction: Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease with an excessively aberration of the Th17/Treg balance and deficiency of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Aim: Evaluation of Treg markers expression in the lesional and perilesional psoriatic skin and serum anti-inflammatory cytokines in male psoriatic patients compared to healthy men. Material and...
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The aim of the study was an ultrasound assessment of distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint enthesopathy in patients with nail psoriasis. Altogether, 72 patients with nail psoriasis (41 with psoriasis and 31 with psoriatic arthritis) and 30 people in the control group participated in the study. In total, 1014 nails were examined. The thickness of DIP d...
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Background Platelet Rich Plasma procedure (PRP) is considered to be one of the safest aesthetic procedures. Adverse reactions after PRP administration are extreme rare. Purpose We present the patient with serum sickness disease (SSD) after PRP procedure. Objective & Methods 41 years old female suffers from alopecia areata for 5 years with frequen...
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Tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF‐α) is a leading inflammatory cytokine that plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of psoriasis. In case of a severe course of psoriasis and moderate‐to‐severe disease in which traditional systemic treatments are ineffective or contraindicated, TNF‐α inhibitors (iTNF‐α) are used. This class of drugs includes monoc...