Primary Immunodeficiency


What is Primary Immunodeficiency?

Primary immunodeficiency spans more than 300 rare diseases that involve the weakening of the immune system. This weakening of the immune system may allow more infections or other health problems to occur. This group of diseases is due to genetic or hereditary defects. Such defects may show symptoms at birth or develop later in life. A hallmark sign of primary immunodeficiency is the development of an increased susceptibility to recurrent infections. Those affected may often contract infections that are rarely found in healthy individuals.

Primary immunodeficiency affects different parts of the immune system. For example, there are primary immunodeficiency diseases that affect antibody production. Antibodies, also known as immunoglobulins are large proteins used by the immune system in order to neutralize harmful bacteria or viruses that may cause infections. Without adequate production of antibodies, this leaves the body somewhat defenseless against foreign bacteria and viruses.

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What are the signs and symptoms of primary immunodeficiency?

A key sign of primary immunodeficiency is an increased susceptibility to infections.

General signs and symptoms may include:
  • Recurrent and/or persistent infections (pneumonia, ear infections, sinus infections, skin infections, etc.)
  • Delayed growth or development
  • Digestive problems, such as nausea and diarrhea or loss of appetite

If your child has recurrent and/or persistent infections, this may be a sign of primary immunodeficiency. Contact your child’s doctor.

How is primary immunodeficiency diagnosed?

Blood tests are used in order to evaluate a complete blood count. A complete blood count will include the number of white blood cells circulating in the body that are available to fight off infections. Another test that may be used will test for the amount of immunoglobulins (antibodies) in the blood. This allows your physician to see if there are any problems with the immune system. A physical exam and list of signs and symptoms will also be necessary as well.

How is primary immunodeficiency treated?

There are several different ways to treat primary immunodeficiency. Treatment will depend on the type of immunodeficiency present. Initial treatment will involve treating and preventing infections through antibiotic therapy and supportive therapy with medications such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin). There are also possible treatments that involve boosting the immune system with IV (intravenous) immunoglobulins. IV immunoglobulin therapy replaces antibodies back into the immune system. Therefore, this therapy works to prevent future infections from occurring.

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References:

http://www.aafp.org/afp/2013/0601/p773.html
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5552668/
https://primaryimmune.org/sites/default/files/publications/2015-Diagnostic-and-Clinical-Care-Guidelines-for-PI_1.pdf

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