Head of the Center

Vesta Kučinskienė
Dermatovenereologist, MD, PhD, associate professor. Areas of interest: rare skin diseases, skin and sexually transmitted infections, psoriasis, atopic dermatitis.
Phone: +370 37 326266
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On the 17th of May 2016, the Center of Rare Skin Diseases (CRSD)  has been endorsed by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Lithuania as the national reference centre for the participation in the activities of the European Reference Networks in Dermatology area.

Since 15 December 2016, the Hospital of Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos is approved member of the European Reference Network on Rare and Undiagnosed Skin Disorders (ERN-Skin).

Once a month, on penultimate Tuesdays, the CRSD organises interdisciplinary consultations of dermatovenereologists and other specialists for patients with severe rare skin diseases. The examination plan and necessary investigations are organised for each patient with a rare skin disease. Competent specialists of the CRSD evaluate tests results, summarise them, and present recommendations for further treatment and care.

Assoc. Prof. V. Kučinskienė consults patients with rare skin diseases every Monday from 14 to 16 p.m. in room No. 121 at the Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases of the Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences Kauno klinikos. The registration is by phone: +370 37 326266 or +370 37 326784.

Expert Physicians (skilled in rare skin diseases)

Skaidra Valiukevičienė, dermatovenereologist, professor, MD, PhD.
Head of the Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases.
Areas of interest: skin tumours, chronic inflammatory and rare skin diseases.
Phone: +370 37 326246; E-mail: Skaidra.Valiukevičienė@kaunoklinikos.lt

Jurgita Karčiauskienė, dermatovenereologist, MD, PhD.
Areas of interest: diseases of sebaceous glands of the skin, chronic inflammatory skin diseases, paediatric dermatology.
Phone: +370 37 326246; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jurgita Makštienė, pathologist, associate professor, MD, PhD.
Areas of interest: dermatopathology, histochemical, immunohistochemical, and molecular tests.
Phone: +370 37 326879; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rytis Rimdeika, plastic surgeon, professor, MD, PhD.
Head of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Areas of interest: plastic surgery of chronic wounds, their complications and skin tumours.
Phone: +370 37 326853; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Astra Vitkauskienė, doctor of laboratory medicine, professor, MD, PhD.
Head of the Department of Laboratory Medicine.
Areas of interest: skin infections and sexuality transmitted diseases.
Phone: +370 37 326775; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Milda Endzinienė, neurologist, professor, MD, PhD. Areas of interest: phakomatoses (tuberous sclerosis, neurofibromatosis, hypomelanosis of Ito, Sturge-Weber syndrome etc.), congenital metabolic disorders with damage to the skin and the nervous systems.
Phone: +370 37 326811; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Brigita Šitkauskienė, allergist and clinical immunologist, professor, MD, PhD.
Areas of interest: peculiarities of the immune response in the presence of rare skin diseases.
Phone: +370 37 326551; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Asta Baranauskaitė, rheumatologist, professor, MD, PhD.
Head of the Department of Rheumatology
Areas of interest: systemic connective tissue dieases.
Phone: +370 37 326234; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Virginija Ašmonienė, geneticist, MD, PhD.
Head of the Department of Genetics and Molecular Medicine.
Areas of interest: prenatal diagnostics of rare diseases.
Phone: +370 37 326771; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Vidas Pilvinis, anaesthesiologist-resuscitation specialist, professor, MD, PhD.
Head of the Department of Intensive Care.
Areas of interest: critical conditions of rare skin diseases.
Phone: +370 37 326217; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jūratė Buinauskienė, neonatologist, professor, MD, PhD.
Areas of interest: congenital developmental, skin, and metabolic disorders.
Phone: +370 37 326797; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Jolanta Kudzytė, paediatrician, associate professor, MD, PhD.
Areas of interest: children’s skin diseases.
Phone: +370 37 327092; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Birutė Žilaitienė, endocrinologist, MD, PhD, professor
Phone: +370 37 326868, +370 37 326506
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Areas of interest: reproductive endocrinology, hypothalamus and pituary gland disorders, thyroid pathology.

Coordinator

Rasa Laurinavičiūtė
Administrator, Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases
Phone: +370 37 326246
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The Area of Expertise

The Centre of Rare Skin Diseases participates in the activities of ERN on Rare and Undiagnosed Skin Disorders (ERN-Skin) in five clinical groups of rare skin diseases:
Epidermolysis bullosa,
Ichthyosis and palmoplantar keratoderma,
Ectodermal dysplasia,
Autoimmune bullous diseases and severe cutaneous drug reactions,
Acquired immunological low prevalence and complex adult diseases of the skin.

The table of rare skin diseases, ICD-AM and ORPHA codes (see below).

Specialised Interventions

The Department of Skin and Venereal Diseases coordinates the activity of the Centre of Rare Skin Diseases (CRSD) and provides specialised outpatient and inpatient services (digital dermatoscopy and SIAscopy, high-frequency ultrasound, skin biopsy, skin contact allergy tests, microscopic and microbiological tests for skin infections, cryotherapy, outpatient dermatosurgery, narrowband ultraviolet B therapy, and bath PUVA therapy).

Collaboration with experienced dermatopathologists facilitates the diagnosis of rare skin diseases via immunohistochemistry (collagen type IV, identification of the inflammation phenotype), direct immunofluorescence of the skin (IGA, IGG, C3 complement, fibrinogen etc.)

The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Hospital of the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences (LUHS) provides specialised surgical treatment for patients with complications of congenital bullous diseases and hidradenitis suppurativa.

Research Projects or Clinical Trials in the Area of Rare Skin Diseases

Clinical trial in the area of Dermatology, Children’s Ichthyosis, phase IV (2007-2008).

The Centre of Rare Skin Diseases participates in the activities of the project European Reference Network on Rare and Undiagnosed Skin Disorders-ERN-Skin (Nr. HP-ERN-2016, http://ec.europa.eu/chafea/health/hp-ern-2016_en.html ).

Patient education materials

Patient education materials on rare skin diseases are accessible on the links:

Websites Related to the Activities 

Experts of the EB Clinet (international network of epidermolysis bullosa):http://www.eb-clinet.org/partners/current-partners.html. 

The international network of genodermatoses and rare skin disorders: http://www.genodermatoses-network.org

Collaboration

Lithuanian University of Health Sciences: www.lsmuni.lt

Kaunas Region Society of Dermatology and Venereology: www.kkdvd.lt

Lithuanian Society of Psoriatic Patients: www.zvyneline.info

National Alopecia Association: http://alopecia.lt

Conferences Organized

Annual meetings in February are dedicated to rare skin diseases. Web link: www.kkdvd.lt

 

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