ACE- inhibitor induced angioedema requiring an emergency surgical airway
Bhargav Patel, Hemant Raval, Gaurav Patel, Ahmed Al-Chalabi, Robert Fleyshman
Angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors cause approximately 30% of the cases of angioedema which present to the emergency department; 11% of these patients require ICU admission. We report two patients who required emergency surgical airways secondary to angioedema related to ACE-inhibitors. Clinicians need to remember that these situations can be extremely dangerous and plan airway management carefully in these patients.
angioedema; tracheostomy; angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors
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