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FAQs on Immunodeficiency:

What Is Immunodeficiency?

Immunodeficiency (also called primary immune disorder or primary immunodeficiency) is a condition where the immune system’s ability to fight off infection is compromised or completely absent. This leaves sufferers more susceptible than average to infection-causing germs.

What Are The Types of Immunodeficiency Disorders?

There are primary and secondary immunodeficiency disorders. Primary disorders are genetic in nature, whereas secondary disorders are caused by outside sources, including:

  • X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA)
  • Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
  • Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
  • AIDS
  • Leukemia
  • Viral hepatitis
  • Multiple myeloma 

What Causes Secondary Immunodeficiency?

A secondary immune deficiency disease is caused by an environmental factor, such as:

  • Severe burns
  • HIV 
  • Chemotherapy
  • Radiation
  • Diabetes
  • Malnutrition

What Are The Symptoms of Immunodeficiency?

Symptoms will vary depending on the specific disorder, and can include:

  • Frequent bouts of pneumonia
  • Recurrent sinus infections, ear infections, bronchitis, meningitis or skin infections
  • Infection/inflammation of internal organs
  • Low blood platelets
  • Anemia
  • Stomach cramps, nausea, and diarrhea
  • Delayed growth and development in children

How Is Immunodeficiency Diagnosed?

In order to determine if you have primary or secondary immunodeficiency disorder, the doctor will perform a number of tests, including:

  • Review your medical history
  • Perform a physical
  • Take blood samples to determine your white blood cell count, T cell count, and immunoglobulin levels

What Is The Treatment for Immunodeficiency?

The treatment for an immunodeficiency disorder will vary depending on the condition. After the doctor has thoroughly evaluated you, a plan will be put into place to effectively treat and manage your symptoms. Such treatment may include:

  • Antibiotics
  • Antivirals
  • Immunoglobulin therapy
  • Interferon-gamma therapy

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