Immunodeficiency diseases comprise a group of more than 100 diseases which are due to defects in the body's defenses (immune system).
In most cases, immunodeficiency is associated with recurrent infections. Most immunodeficiency diseases are inherited in our genes, so they are present at birth, but they often do not become apparent or diagnosed until late in childhood, or even in adult life. It often takes time for a pattern of recurrent infections or other symptoms to develop before an immunodeficiency disease is suspected.
Signs that you or your child might have an immunodeficiency disease include:
- Recurrent, unusual, or difficult to treat infections
- Poor growth or loss of weight
- Recurrent pneumonia, ear infections or sinusitis
- Multiple courses of antibiotics or IV antibiotics necessary to clear infections
- Recurrent deep abscesses of the organs or skin
- A family history of immunodeficeny diseases
- Swollen lymph glands or an enlarged spleen
- Autoimmune disease
With a detailed history and evaluation, Dr. Bathija can determine if an immunodeficiency disease is causing infections and provide you with further treatment.