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Revista Clínica de Medicina de Familia

On-line version ISSN 2386-8201Print version ISSN 1699-695X


VIVES TOLEDO, Ramón; SORLI GUEROLA, José Vicente; SIERRA SANTOS, Lucía  and  GARCIA RIBES, Miguel. Hereditary angioedema. Rev Clin Med Fam [online]. 2015, vol.8, n.1, pp.62-65. ISSN 2386-8201.

Hereditary angioedema is a rare disease of genetic origin that is characterized by recurrent episodes of angioedema, without urticaria and pruritus, primarily affecting the skin and mucous membranes of the upper respiratory and gastrointestinal tract, and by not having a specific treatment. We report the case of a male 26-year-old patient, who, for over one year presents repeated episodes of urticaria located in the neck, face, upper extremities and genitals, with facial oedema, and not associated with any trigger whatsoever. He repeatedly comes to primary care emergency service when having a crisis to be treated with corticosteroids and antihistamines, although recent episodes seem refractory to treatment. For this reason it has been necessary to administer adrenaline, with modest results. On one of the occasions, he has required transfer to hospital emergency department because he developed bronchospasm requiring hospitalization.

Keywords : Angioedema; Rare Diseases; Primary Health Care.

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