Angioedema due to hereditary C1 inhibitor deficiency (HAE) is a highly disabling and potentially lethal disease with an estimated prevalence of 1:50,000 in the general population worldwide. Treatment of this condition by replacing the deficient protein started shortly after discovery of the underlying genetic defect. Along with other therapeutic approaches developed over the years, C1 inhibitor replacement therapy maintains a central role for the treatment of angioedema attacks in patients with HAE. Two plasma-derived C1 inhibitors and a recombinant form, produced in transgenic rabbits, have successfully completed controlled trials that reinforced the evidence of the safety and efficacy of this treatment.Copyright 2010 Prous Science, S.A.U. or its licensors. All rights reserved.
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