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Swelling beneath the skin instead of on the surface. Angioedema is characterized by deep swelling around the eyes and lips and sometimes of the hands and feet. If it proceeds rapidly, it can lead to airway obstruction and suffocation, and it should therefore be treated as a medical emergency. It can be hereditary but more commonly occurs as an allergic response or as a side-effect of some medications such as angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors.

Subjects: Dentistry.

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