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Medical history

The following information is essential for assisting your doctor in her or his determination of the cause of recurrent swelling attacks:

  • Do other members of your family suffer from similar symptoms?
  • Has there ever been a case of death by asphyxiation in your family?
  • How old were you when you first experienced symptoms?
  • Have you ever received medications such as cortisone and antihistamines for treatment of your swelling attacks? If yes, was this treatment successful?
  • Do you take  ACE inhibitors or AT-1 blockers?
  • Do you take other medications, such as aspirin or opiates?
  • How frequently do these swelling attacks occur?
  • How severe are the attacks?
  • After how many hours does the swelling reach its maximum extent? How long does it take before the swelling goes away?
  • Do you ever have gastrointestinal symptoms such as cramping, colicky pain, vomiting, nausea or diarrhoea?
  • Do you, in addition to angioedema, also develop pruritic wheal reactions of the skin?

It is best to answer all of these questions in writing and to bring the completed answers with you to the doctor’s appointment (see also "Before you go to the doctor").