Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare disease that affects about 1 in 10,000 to 1 in 50,000 people worldwide.1,2
HAE causes episodes or attacks of swelling (edema) to various parts of the body, including the hands, feet, face and airway. Swelling in the abdomen/ intestinal wall can often result in excruciating abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.1,3,4 HAE can be life threatening in the case of throat/ airway swelling.
On average it can take about 13 years5 for a patient to be diagnosed with HAE as the symptoms are similar to those of many other common conditions such as allergies or appendicitis. By the time HAE is diagnosed correctly, the patient has often seen a number of physicians, may have undergone unnecessary operations, and could have felt a major impact on his or her quality of life.
There are modern effective therapies which help stop the attacks once started or prevent attacks from happening. These medications are not consistently available to all people with HAE.
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