Post on Angioedema

UntitledAngioedema (or Quincke’s edema) is inflammation of the deep dermis or submucosa. It is non pitting, non dependent, non tender, non erythematous, usually assymmetric.  The term angiioneurotic oedema was a misnomer as it was initially thought to be a nervous system disorder. It can be life threatening if it involves the airway. It can be congenital, idiopathic, or drug induced. Ace inhibitor blood pressure medications are common offenders causing this condition. NSAIDS and food allergies are the other big culprit. A thorough allergy history and testing are paramount. Exciting new drugs are on the horizon for this condition.