The Journal of Laryngology & Otology

Clinical Records

Angioedema secondary to angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors

J. P. M. Pracya1 c1, J. A. McGlashana1, R. M. Walsha1 and M. J. Gleesona1

a1 Department of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Guy's Hospital, St Thomas' Street, London SE1 9RT

Abstract

Angioedema secondary to angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors is rare, but it is a side effect which is likely to be seen more frequently because of the increased use of these drugs to treat cardiac failure and hypertension. Presentation is variable and the diagnosis may go unrecognized for many months or years. The cases reported illustrate problems both in the diagnosis and management of this life-threatening condition.

(Accepted February 28 1994)

Correspondence:

c1 J. P. M. Pracy, 98 Liverpool Road, Islington, London N1 0RE.