oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Hereditary angioedema - ABC of allergy

Volume 32 Number 3
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



Dr Do-a-lot commences her student tutorial with a quiz and asks her students to name a condition that:

• results in skin swelling but is not an allergic disease;

• may mimic sporadic allergic reactions, but in which immunoglobulin E is not involved, and antihistamines and cortisone don’t help in treatment;

• has manifestations in the skin, upper airways and gut which are often misdiagnosed for years, and sometimes result in unnecessary abdominal surgery.

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