Hereditary angioedema is condition characterized by the acute development edema throughout various parts of the body.
WHAT CAUSES IT?
A C1 inhibitor deficiency/dysfunction/destruction is responsible for many forms of hereditary angioedema. Decreased C1 inhibitor activity leads to elevated levels of the edema producing factors C2b and bradykinin.
WHAT MAKES US SUSPECT IT?
- Noninflammatory edema of the face/limbs/genitals
- Laryngeal edema: this can interrupt normal breathing
- Abdominal pain: this is caused by intestinal edema
History Of Present Illness:
Age of onset: typically this condition will present in early to late childhood.
Onset of symptoms: symptoms will occur acutely. Episodes of edema usually follow infection, dental procedures, or trauma
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