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Recurrent attacks of hereditary angioedema: A case of delayed diagnosis

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Hereditary angioedema is a rare disorder, and patients frequently endure long duration of symptoms, frequent physician visits, and unnecessary procedures prior to a diagnosis. Patients with novel mutations may experience especially long delays in diagnosis due to a lack of family history. This case demonstrates one such case in which diagnosis was delayed for many years. Improved physician awareness of the signs and symptoms of hereditary angioedema may prevent such delay for patients with this disorder in the future. Abdominal pain, angioedema, bradykinin, C1 inhibitor, hereditary, inherited, swelling.

Keywords: Abdominal pain; C1 inhibitor; angioedema; bradykinin; ecallantide; hereditary; inherited; intestinal wall edema; swelling

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Allergy and Asthma Clinical Research, Inc., Walnut Creek, California, USA

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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  • Allergy and Asthma Proceedings is a peer reviewed publication dedicated to distributing timely scientific research regarding advancements in the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology. Its primary readership consists of allergists and pulmonologists.

    The goal of the Proceedings is to publish articles with a predominantly clinical focus which directly impact quality of care for patients with allergic disease and asthma.

    Featured topics include asthma, rhinitis, sinusitis, food allergies, allergic skin diseases, diagnostic techniques, allergens, and treatment modalities. Published material includes peer-reviewed original research, clinical trials and review articles.

    Articles marked "F" offer free full text for personal noncommercial use only.

    The journal is indexed in Thomson Reuters Web of Science and Science Citation Index Expanded, plus the National Library of Medicine's PubMed service.
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