Hereditary Angioedema: From a Case to a National Network

Author: Dumitru Moldovan, Department of Allergology-Immunology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Tîrgu Mureş
Publication: Revista Medic.ro nr. 31, II 2007/Supliment

 

Abstract

Hereditary angioedema is a rare genetically mediated immunological disease that can be easily misdiagnosed. It carries a risk of 30-40% of death from laryngeal edema over a patient lifetime. Abdominal symptoms can easily mistaken for appendicitis of other surgical emergencies. The recognition of this disorder is imperative as well as the availability of the right medication, since this kind of angioedema does not respond to antihistamines, corticosteroids or epinephrine. The Romanian Hereditary Angioedema Network, recently founded, provides support to physicians and patients with hereditary angioedema.

Keywords: hereditary angioedema, C1 esterase inhibitor (C1INH) deficiency, C1INH esterase deficiency, Romanian Hereditary Angioedema Network