A UK national audit of hereditary and acquired Angioedema

Jolles, S, Williams, P, Carne, E, Mian, H, Huissoon, A, Wong, G, Hackett, S, Lortan, J, Platts, V, Longhurst, H, Grigoriadou, S, Dempster, J, Deacock, S, Kahn, S, Darroch, J, Simon, C, Thomas, M, Pavaladurai, V, Alachkar, H, Herwadker, A, Abinun, M, Arkwright, P, Tarzi, M, Helbert, M, Bangs, C, Pastacaldi, C, Phillips, C, Bennett, H and El-Shanawany, T (2014) A UK national audit of hereditary and acquired Angioedema. Clinical and Experimental Immunology, 175 (1). pp. 59-67. ISSN 0009-9104

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Hereditary angioedema (HAE) and acquired angioedema (AAE) are rare life threatening conditions caused by deficiency of C1 inhibitor (C1INH). Both are characterised by recurrent unpredictable episodes of mucosal swelling involving three main areas, the skin, gastrointestinal tract and larynx. Swelling in the gastrointestinal tract results in abdominal pain and vomiting while swelling in the larynx may be fatal. There are limited UK data on these patients to help improve practice and better understand the burden of disease. An audit tool was designed, informed by published UK consensus document and clinical practice and sent to clinicians involved in the care of HAE patients through a number of national organisations. Datasets on 376 patients were received from 14 centres in England, Scotland and Wales. There were 55 deaths from HAE in 33 families emphasising the potentially lethal nature of this disease. These data also show that there is a significant diagnostic delay of on average 10 years for Type I HAE, 18 years for Type II HAE and 5 years for AAE. For HAE the average annual frequency of swellings per patient affecting the periphery was 8, abdomen 5.3 and airway 0.5 with wide individual variation. The impact on quality of life was rated as moderate or severe by 37% of adult patients. The audit has helped to define the burden of disease in the UK and aided planning new treatments for UK patients.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Clinical and Experimental Medicine
Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
Subjects: R Medicine
Depositing User: Patricia Butler
Date Deposited: 19 Jul 2013 14:48
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2017 12:30
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/45725
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