Hereditary Angioedema

Updated on Monday, July 29, 2019

Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) is a rare genetic condition associated with an important protein in the blood that is either low or does not function appropriately. HAE causes painful episodes of swelling often in the face, hands or feet, but potentially life-threatening swelling can also occur in the airways of the lungs or the intestinal walls. HAE is caused by a genetic defect, therefore, there are frequently several family members affected.

Diagnosing HAE can be difficult. Because the disease is rare, physicians often first rule out more common conditions with similar symptoms.

Atlanta Allergy & Asthma physicians are experts in the diagnosis and treatment of Hereditary Angioedema (HAE). For more information on this condition and available support on both the national and local level: