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US Hereditary Angioedema Association - HAEA
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Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a very rare and potentially life-threatening genetic condition that occurs in about 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50,000 people.
HAE symptoms include edema (swelling) in various parts of the body, including: hands, feet, face and airway (throat).
Patients often suffer excruciating abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting caused by swelling in the intestinal wall.
Swelling of the airway or throat is particularly dangerous, because it can cause death by asphyxiation.
Children have a 50% chance of inheriting HAE if one of the parents has the disease.
The absence of a family history does not rule out the diagnosis of HAE, as scientific reports indicate that as many as 25% of HAE cases result from a spontaneous mutation of the C1-inhibitor gene at conception. Children of these patients may also inherit HAE.
HAE patients have a defect in the gene that controls a blood protein called C1 Inhibitor. This defect causes a biochemical imbalance that produces swelling. HAE is also known as C1 Inhibitor Deficiency- Type I and Type II.
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