Research into rare condition causing swelling attacks

A project to determine the population prevalence of Hereditary Angioedema (HAE) in South Australia to identify unmet needs for prevention of HAE attacks is being led by Allergy and Immunology Head of Unit, Dr William Smith.

HAE is a rare genetic condition, in which patients are subject to unpredictable attacks of swelling.

It has a substantial impact on the quality of life of sufferers who live with the fear of a potential attack. If it affects the airway, it can be life-threatening.

The aim of the project is to use methods, including the state’s electronic medical record system, to determine the prevalence of HAE in SA including people who aren’t aware they have it.

This will help improvement the management and treatment of HAE and prevent swelling attacks.

Dr Smith and his team have been awarded a Clinical Research Grant of $15,000 from the Allergy and Immunology Foundation of Australasia to advance the research.  

*Image attributed to Allergy SA.