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Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2012 Aug;12(4):273-80. doi: 10.1007/s11882-012-0273-4.

Current management options for hereditary angioedema.

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Department of Dermatology, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany.


The aim of treatment of hereditary angioedema (HAE) due to C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency (HAE-C1-INH) is either treating acute attacks or preventing attacks by using prophylactic treatment. For treating acute attacks, plasma-derived C1 inhibitor (C1-INH) concentrates, a bradykinin B2 receptor antagonist, and a recombinant human C1-INH are available in Europe. In the United States, a plasma-derived C1-INH concentrate, a bradykinin B2 receptor antagonist, and a plasma kallikrein inhibitor have been approved. Fresh frozen plasma is also available for treating acute attacks. Short-term prophylactic treatment focuses on C1-INH and attenuated androgens. Long-term prophylactic treatments include attenuated androgens such as danazol, stanozolol, and oxandrolone, antifibrinolytics, and a plasma-derived C1-INH concentrate. Plasma-derived C1-INH and a bradykinin B2 receptor antagonist are permitted for self-administration and home therapy. The number of management options has increased considerably within the last few years, thus helping to diminish the burden of HAE.

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