Medical Definition of Edema, hereditary angioneurotic

  • Medical Author:
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Edema, hereditary angioneurotic: Localized skin swelling that results from an inherited deficiency of the C1 esterase inhibitor protein, which normally prevents activation of a cascade of proteins that leads to the occurrence of angioedema. Patients can develop recurrent attacks of swollen tissues, pain in the abdomen, and swelling of the voice box (larynx) that can compromise breathing. The diagnosis is confirmed when abnormally low levels of C1 esterase inhibitor are detected in the blood. Treatment options include antihistamines and male steroids (androgens). Also known as hereditary angioedema.

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