Diagnosis and Treatment

Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare disease that is often misdiagnosed because its symptoms mimic those of several common conditions. Clinical management is complex and includes management of acute attacks and prophylaxis.1,2

Diagnosing HAE

When HAE is suspected, a referral to an allergist/clinical immunologist is appropriate. Only a series of blood tests can confirm the disease.

Clinical management of HAE

Treatment of HAE can involve algorithms for acute attacks and prophylaxis.

Emergency treatment of HAE

Swelling related to HAE does not respond to commonly used emergency medications, such as epinephrine, antihistamines, or glucocorticoids. Read about treating HAE attacks.

Quality-of-life issues with HAE

Healthcare professionals can help patients achieve and maintain quality of life across the patient care continuum.