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A 72-year-old woman with periorbital swelling

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As allergists, we are frequently consulted to evaluate patients with swelling presumed to be angioedema. Patients with presumed angioedema can have multiple possible underlying triggers. We present the case of a hospitalized 72-year-old woman with a history of hypertension and metastatic chordoma who developed marked periorbital swelling that precluded eye opening 2 days after a neurosurgical operation (chordoma resection and T10-11 hardware repair). After a detailed evaluation of her swelling, a broad differential diagnosis was made; she did not respond to high-dose antihistamines, systemic steroids, icatibant and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor cessation. Ultimately, computed tomography imaging confirmed a specific diagnosis. The differential diagnosis for swelling is complex, and this case illustrated the importance of considering alternative causes of swelling when evaluating cases of possible angioedema.
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Keywords: ACE inhibitor; Angioedema; Bradykinin-mediated angioedema; Chordoma; Icatibant; Periorbital swelling; Pneumomediastinum; Post-operative; Subcutaneous emphysema; Swelling

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2020

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