Hereditary angioedema: 44 years of diagnostic delay

M P Peterson, A Bygum

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Abstract

We report a 64-year-old man who suffered from recurrent visible swelling attacks since the age of 20 as well as episodes with severe upper airway edema, resulting in 4 emergency tracheotomies. Eventually after 44 years he was diagnosed with hereditary angioedema (HAE) type II. The aims of this report is to emphasize the importance of awareness concerning HAE, which does not respond to traditional anti-allergic therapy, and remind physicians to test for functional C1-INH deficiency.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
JournalDermatology Online Journal
Volume22
Issue number4
Number of pages3
ISSN1087-2108
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Asphyxia
  • C1-inhibitor
  • Diagnostic delay
  • Hereditary angioedema

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