Editorial

Life-threatening hereditary angio-oedema: Challenges of care in South Africa

P Potter, J Peter

Abstract


The report and description by Coovadia et al.[1] in this issue of SAMJ of a large cohort of patients in the Western Cape Province of South Africa (SA) suffering from type 1 hereditary angio-oedema (HAE) not only documents for the first time a significant presence of this life-threatening condition on the African continent but highlights the challenges of diagnosis and management in the SA socioeconomic and healthcare context.


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P Potter, Emeritus Professor of Allergology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

J Peter, Head of the Division of Allergy and Immunology, Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa

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Keywords

Life-threatening hereditary angio-oedema; Diagnosis; Management

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South African Medical Journal 2018;108(4):254-255. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.2018.v108i4.12824

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Date submitted: 2018-03-28
Date published: 2018-03-28

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