Hereditary C1 Esterase Deficiency in a Zulu Kindred (Scientific Letter) (Letter to the Editor)

Hereditary C1 Esterase Deficiency in a Zulu Kindred (Scientific Letter) (Letter to the Editor)

To the Editor: Hereditary angio-oedema is a rare genetic disorder characterised by recurrent episodes of potentially life-threatening angio-oedema. Despite the apparent absence of variation in incidence among ethnic groups, this is the first reported series in a sub-Saharan African family, and it is likely that the disease remains largely undiagnosed in southern Africa. Although cost and availability limit the use of certain treatments which are available in resource-rich health systems, early diagnosis allows patient education and the initiation of less costly, more widely available prophylactic medications that are life-saving in individuals at risk of severe attacks. The diagnosis should be considered in the differential diagnosis of those presenting with apparent allergies and drug reactions. Case description and diagnosis

Hereditary C1 Esterase Deficiency in a Zulu Kindred (Scientific Letter) (Letter to the Editor)



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