Hereditary angioedema

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Hereditary angioedema (hereditary C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency) is an "inherited disorder that is characterized by subcutaneous and submucosal edema in the upper respiratory tract and gastrointestinal tract."[1]

Unregulated kallikrein activation of bradykinin may cause hereditary angioedema:[2]


Hereditary deficiency is characterized by the absence of urticaria and by normal levels of complement C1q and complement C1 inhibitor protein function.[7] complement C1 inhibitor protein antigen is low in type I and normal in type II.


Options, such as complement C1 inhibitor protein concentrate, exist for preventing attacks.[8]


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  7. Markovic SN, Inwards DJ, Frigas EA, Phyliky RP (January 2000). "Acquired C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency". Ann. Intern. Med. 132 (2): 144–50. PMID 10644276[e]
  8. Maeda S, Miyawaki T, Nomura S, Yagi T, Shimada M (2003). "Management of oral surgery in patients with hereditary or acquired angioedemas: review and case report.". Oral Surg Oral Med Oral Pathol Oral Radiol Endod 96 (5): 540-3. DOI:10.1016/S1079210403005018. PMID 14600687. Research Blogging.