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Monday 23 September 2019
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Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases

The Immunology Service provides facilities for the investigations, diagnosis and treatment of primary immunodeficiency diseases including:

  • Antibody deficiency
  • Combined immune deficiency
  • Neutrophil defects
  • Complement deficiency
  • Other primary immunodeficiencies
  • Hereditary angioedema (C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency) 

 

The warning signs of possible primary immunodeficiency include any two or more of the following:

  • Four or more new ear infections within one year

  • Infections in multiple anatomical sites

  • Two life threatening infections per lifetime

  • Two or more serious sinus infections within one year

  • Two or more months on antibiotics with little effect

  • Two or more pneumonias within one year

  • Recurrent, deep skin or organ abscesses

  • Persistent thrush in mouth or elsewhere on skin

  • Need for intravenous antibiotics to clear infections

  • Two or more deep-seated infections

  • A family history of primary immune deficiency