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It started out as a typical Saturday “call” shift during the spring of my postgraduate year 2 of residency. I had been called to evaluate an airway for suspected angioedema at one of the local emergency departments that the Department of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, University of Tennessee, covers. The routine practice at the hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee, is to have the otolaryngology service evaluate any angioedema case deemed critical enough to warrant admission to the hospital for observation or intervention. Having performed this evaluation countless times throughout the year, most of which were for undoubtedly mild cases, this practice had become somewhat mundane. Upon introduction to the patient, I quickly realized that this case was not as routine as I had initially assumed.
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