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Angioedema, also known as angiooedema, Quincke's edema, and angioneurotic edema, is the rapid swelling (edema) of thedermis, subcutaneous tissue, mucosa and submucosal tissues. It is very similar to urticaria, but urticaria, commonly known as hives, occurs in the upper dermis.

Cases where angioedema progresses rapidly should be treated as a medical emergency, as airway obstruction and suffocation can occur. Epinephrine may be life-saving when the cause of angioedema is allergic. In the case of hereditary angioedema, treatment with epinephrine has not been shown to be helpful.


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Basic information: medline plus albinism mayoclinic albinism web md hereditary angioedema (hae) health line angioedema (giant hives) nhs uk angioedema - causes university of maryland medical center albinism,-autoimmune,-and-other-hypersensitivity-disorders/angioedema merck manuals(professional version) albinism life in the fast lane albinism health service executive albinism newyork times albinism


Advanced information: medscape albinism dermnet nz albinism medical news today what is angioedema? us hereditary angioedema association types of angioedema genetics home reference hereditay angioedema emedicine health hives and angioedema cleveland clinic urticaria and angioedema radiopedia intestinal angioedema urticaria and angioedema: a practical approach barbara a. muller, m.d., university of iowa roy j. and lucille a. carver college of medicine, iowa city, iowa am fam physician. 2004 mar 1;69(5):1123-1129. patient angio-oedema


Research: 2010 international consensus algorithm for the diagnosis, therapy and management of hereditary angioedema by tom bowen et al., allergy, asthma & clinical immunology20106:24 doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-6-24 bassel hallak, propser konu, florian lang, christian simon, and philippe monnier, “acquired form of angioedema of the head and neck related to a deficiency in c1-inhibitor: a case report with a review of the literature,” case reports in otolaryngology, vol. 2012, article id 405824, 3 pages, 2012. doi:10.1155/2012/405824 review article front. immunol., 22 august 2014 | peptide inhibitor of complement c1, a novel suppressor of classical pathway activation: mechanistic studies and clinical potential by julia a. sharp et al., treatment of hereditary angioedema: items that need to be addressed in practice parameter by callie dagen and timothy j craig allergy, asthma & clinical immunology20106:11 doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-6-11 hereditary angioedema: beyond international consensus - circa december 2010 - the canadian society of allergy and clinical immunology dr. david mccourtie lecture by tom bowen allergy, asthma & clinical immunology20117:1 doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-7-1 urticaria and angioedema by amin kanani et al., allergy, asthma & clinical immunology20117(suppl 1):s9 doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-7-s1-s9 napoleon patel, lisbet d. suarez, sakshi kapur, and leonard bielory, “hereditary angioedema and gastrointestinal complications: an extensive review of the literature,” case reports in immunology, vol. 2015, article id 925861, 8 pages, 2015. doi:10.1155/2015/925861 isolated angioedema of the bowel due to c1 esterase inhibitor deficiency: a case report and review of literature by shivangi t kothari et al., journal of medical case reports20115:62 doi: 10.1186/1752-1947-5-62

panicker r, al duwaisan ar. angioedema - a rare cause of acute episodic dysuria: case report and review of literature. indian j dermatol [serial online] 2007 [cited 2016 jul 29];52:106-8. available from: management of hereditary angioedema: 2010 canadian approach by tom bowenet al., allergy, asthma & clinical immunology20106:20 doi: 10.1186/1710-1492-6-20 angioedema by allen p. kaplan world allergy organization journal20081:103 doi: 10.1097/wox.0b013e31817aecbe international consensus on hereditary and acquired angioedema by david m. lang, md et al., annals of allergy, asthma & immunology volume 109, issue 6, december 2012, pages 395–402 doi:10.1016/j.anai.2012.10.008 hereditary angioedema: current and emerging treatment options by levy, jerrold h. md, faha et al., anesthesia & analgesia: may 2010 - volume 110 - issue 5 - p 1271–1280 doi: 10.1213/ane.0b013e3181d7ac98 cardiovascular anesthesiology: review article


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