The Different Faces of Angioedema: Classification, Diagnosis and Management

  • Mariana Batista Interna de Dermatovenereologia, Serviço de Dermatologia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • F. Alves Interna de Dermatovenereologia, Serviço de Dermatologia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
  • Margarida Gonçalo Assistente Graduada de Dermatovenereologia, Serviço de Dermatologia, Centro Hospitalar Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal; Professora Convidada da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal
Keywords: Angioedema/classification, Angioedema/diagnosis, Angioedema/genetics, Angioedema/therapy


Angioedema is a transient localized and self-limiting edema of the subcutaneous and submucosal tissue, due to the release of vasoactive mediators. However, different mechanisms are at the origin of the different types of angioedema (acute or chronic, related or not with mast cell mediators and genetic and familial or acquired). Dermatologists should be able to recognize the different forms of angioedema as associated symptoms, treatment and prognostic factors are completely different. This paper reviews the classification of angioedema, diagnostic tests and management.


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How to Cite
Batista, M., Alves, F., & Gonçalo, M. (2019). The Different Faces of Angioedema: Classification, Diagnosis and Management. Journal of the Portuguese Society of Dermatology and Venereology, 77(2), 119-127.
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