What is hereditary angioedema (HAE)?
HAE is a rare inherited disease that can cause attacks of swelling, and often pain, in specific parts of the body, including the abdomen, face, and throat.
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swelling of abdomen
swelling of larynx
HAE attacks typically begin in childhood, becoming more severe over time. The number of episodes an individual may experience is unpredictable. Some people have weekly attacks, while others may go years without one.
Common warning signs that can signal onset of an HAE attack include:
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