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Anaphylaxis and angioedema: part 1 – causes and diagnosis

Anaphylaxis represents the most severe form of immediate allergic reaction and is due to the presence of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies (type I hypersensitivity). Angioedema refers to localised deep tissue swelling and can occur as part of an anaphylactic reaction. This two-part article will cover causes and diagnosis of anaphylaxis and angioedema (part 1) and management of both conditions (part 2, to be published in Dermatology in practice 17.4).
Dermatology in practice 2009; 17(3): 12–15
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