Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Student Scholarship

Date Written

Summer 2015

Document Type


Course Number

NURS 5330

Course Name

Advanced Pathophysiology

Professor’s Name

John D. Chovan, James R. Cacchillo


Edema, Anesthesia Complications

Subject Categories

Medical Pathology | Medicine and Health Sciences | Nursing


Angioedema is a potentially lethal swelling of the interstitial space from extravasation of intravascular plasma (Wood, Choromanski, & Orlewicz, 2013). Angioedema may present in any medical setting with a broad range of severity. Angioedema is commonly seen in emergency departments and intensive care units. According to Barbara, Ronan, Maddox, & Warner (2013), “angioedema is of particular importance to anesthesiologists, as it may present at any point in the perioperative period and it may rapidly become life-threatening if it involves airway compromise” (p. 335). Anesthesia professionals may also respond to airway management emergencies throughout the hospital setting and may treat angioedema secondary to anesthetics. Emergency providers and advanced practitioners should be able to recognize the signs and symptoms, differentiate between histaminergic and non-histaminergic, and provide emergent treatment of angioedema in all care settings.



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