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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 13-15

Hereditary angioedema in mother and son: Challenges in diagnosis for the primary physician

Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Ramya Iyyadurai
Department of Medicine, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004
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DOI: 10.4103/cmi.cmi_6_18

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Hereditary angioedema is a rare life-threatening disease. Undiagnosed angioedema is associated with high mortality. Diagnosis is often delayed due to lack of clinical suspicion. We report two cases of patients (mother and son) with angioedema who had been wrongly diagnosed as nephrotic syndrome and hypothyroidism. These case reports highlight the need for a high index of suspicion to diagnose a potentially life-threatening disease which can lead to timely treatment, preventing morbidity and mortality.

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