In this online CME self-learning program:
Hereditary angioedema (HAE) is a rare, debilitating, and potentially life-threatening disease due to C1-inhibitor (C1-INH) deficiency with an estimated frequency of 1 in 50,000 people. HAE is characterized by recurrent edema attacks and the cutaneous attacks can be disabling, with the skin, gastrointestinal tract, and upper airways are most commonly affected and with a persistent risk to the patient of acute events of laryngeal swelling that may prove fatal if not treated in a timely manner. Angioedema in general can be confused with cellulitis, Graves disease, blepharochalasis, eosinophilic fasciitis, or amyloidosis which can lead to delays in diagnosis, and inappropriate treatment poses the risk of adverse events, unnecessary surgical interventions, a higher burden of misery, and a potentially higher rate of morbidity and mortality. There are a number of gaps present in the optimal management of patients with HAE. The most authoritative HAE guidelines U.S. guidelines were published in 2013. Communicating related information to healthcare professionals in a timely manner is a demonstrated need. The literature suggests that practicing healthcare professionals are oftentimes unable to keep up with the steady publishing of literature and evolution of clinical practice; some literature suggests it takes up to five years to fully adopt guidelines into practice once they are published. Recent years have seen advances in therapy, and there are a wide number of treatment options in the acute management of patients, including several C1 esterase inhibitors (some plasma derived, some recombinant, and one approved for prophylactic treatment of HAE), a plasma kallikrein inhibitor, and a bradykinin receptor antagonist.
A review primer: epidemiologic, pathophysiologic, etiologic features, and clinical signs and symptoms [Learning Objectives #1 and 2]
Pharmacotherapeutic management of HAE [Learning Objective #3]
Barriers to optimal care in patients diagnosed with HAE [Learning Objective #4]
Summary, conclusions, and best practice recap
Healthcare professionals who are: allergists; immunologist; physician assistants; nurse practitioners; pharmacists; or those otherwise treat or clinically encounter patients with HAE.
This program is supported by an educational grant from Shire
Release Date: August 22, 2016 -- Expiration Date: August 22, 2018
Faculty: R. Gentry Wilkerson, MD
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Faculty Disclosure: R. Gentry Wilkerson, MD, Assistant Professor; Director of Clinical Research; Assistant Residency Program Director, Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD discloses that he has received grant and/or research support from Redhill Biopharma, Shire, Novartis, and SNBL.
Disclosures of Educational Planners: Charles Turck, PharmD, BCPS, BCCCP is an officer and part owner of ScientiaCME, LLC, and has no relevant conflicts of interest to disclose.
Commercial Support Disclosure: This program is supported by an educational grant from Shire
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