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Clinical Immunology Review Series: An approach to the patient with angio-oedema

By S Grigoriadou and H J Longhurst

Abstract

Angio-oedema is a common reason for attendance at the accident and emergency department and for referral to immunology/allergy clinics. Causative factors should always be sought, but a large proportion of patients have the idiopathic form of the disease. A minority of patients represent a diagnostic and treatment challenge. Failure to identify the more unusual causes of angio-oedema may result in life-threatening situations. Common and rare causes of angio-oedema will be discussed in this article, as well as the diagnostic and treatment pathways for the management of these patients. A comprehensive history and close monitoring of response to treatment are the most cost-effective diagnostic and treatment tools

Topics: Clinical Immunology Review Series
Publisher: Blackwell Science Inc
OAI identifier: oai:pubmedcentral.nih.gov:2669512
Provided by: PubMed Central
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