Immunodeficiency Disorder

Immunodeficiency disorder prevents the body from fighting infections and diseases normally. People with immunodeficiency disorders are more likely to catch viruses and bacterial infections.
Immunodeficiency disorders can be congenital or acquired.

Types of Immunodeficiency Disorders

Primary (Congenital)

  • XLA
  • SCID disorders
  • Alymphocytosis

Secondary (Acquired)

  • AIDS
  • viral hepatitis
  • multiple myeloma

Symptoms

The following are common symptoms of an immunodeficiency disorder.

  • frequent and recurrent sinus infections, ear infections, skin infections and pneumonia
  • blood infections
  • digestive problems (cramping, diarrhea, nausea)
  • autoimmune disorders

Diagnosis and Treatment

Immunodeficiency disorders can be diagnosed with the following:

  • physical examination
  • medical history
  • blood tests (T cell count or white blood cell count)
  • antibody test

Treatment

Treatment for immunodeficiency disorders usually includes antibiotics and antibody replacement. Consult your doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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