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Solar angioedema: an uncommonly recognized condition?

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Solar urticaria is a well defined although uncommon photosensitivity disorder, and is said to be the underlying cause of chronic urticaria in approximately 0.5% cases. In contrast, solar angioedema is seldom reported. We describe two patients with postulated solar angioedema, associated with clinical and/or phototest features of solar urticaria. Recognition of solar provocation of angioedema has important consequences for patient management.

Keywords: angioedema; solar; urticaria

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Photobiology Unit, Dermatology Centre, University of Manchester School of Medicine, Manchester, UK, 2: Department of Dermatology, North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, UK and 3: Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospital, Liverpool, UK

Publication date: October 1, 2005

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