Fresh Frozen Plasma in Hereditary Angioedema Crisis: To Give or Not To Give?

  • Jamal Belkhouribchia Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology University Hospital Brussels
  • Sara Nguyen Department of Dermatology University Hospital Brussels, Belgium.

Keywords

hereditary angioedema, fresh frozen plasma, C1-inhibitor, facial swelling

Abstract

Objectives: Fresh frozen plasma (FFP) has been used in angioedema crises, however there is a risk of aggravating the symptoms as well as transmitting infections. In this report, the authors emphasize the dangers of this therapy.

Materials and methods: A 25-year-old woman with hereditary angioedema (HAE) was treated with FFP after which her symptoms escalated.

Results: Administration of purified C1-inhibitor (C1-INH) resulted in relief of her symptoms.

Conclusions: FFP is to be avoided in a HAE crisis. Newer therapies for angioedema are preferred.

Author Biographies

Jamal Belkhouribchia ,
Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology University Hospital Brussels

Certified internist and endocrinologist with a special interest in clinical Immunology.

Member of the Department of Internal Medicine and Endocrinology of the University Hospital Brussels, Belgium.

 

Sara Nguyen ,
Department of Dermatology University Hospital Brussels, Belgium. Dermatologist with a special interest in angioedema and allergy.

Member of the Department of Dermatology, University Hospital Brussels, Belgium.

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  • Published: 2015-09-10

    Issue: Vol. 2 No. 5 (2015) (view)

    Section: Articles

    How to cite:
    1.
    Belkhouribchia J, Nguyen S. Fresh Frozen Plasma in Hereditary Angioedema Crisis: To Give or Not To Give?. EJCRIM 2015;2 doi:10.12890/2015_000253.