What is the prognosis of acquired angioedema (AAE) due to C1 inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency (C1-INH-AAE)?

Updated: May 20, 2020
  • Author: Amanda T Moon, MD; Chief Editor: William D James, MD  more...
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The prognosis for patients with acquired angioedema is variable, and, in most cases, it depends on control of the underlying disorder. However, even with appropriate treatment of the underlying disease, patients may be free of symptoms only temporarily. Additionally, some patients who have had their underlying disease treated will be free of symptoms related to angioedema but will continue to have biochemical abnormalities. [9]

Compared with the general population, patients with acquired angioedema have a higher incidence of B-cell malignancies. Patients with acquired angioedema and a concurrent diagnosis of monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) do not have an increased risk for progression to malignancy compared with patients with a sole diagnosis of MGUS.

Although mortality may occur because of laryngeal edema, it is more likely due to the complications of the associated disorder.

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