SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) - Are you frequently missing work or school for recurrent infections? There are several immune system disorders that could contribute to this. You may have heard of “The Boy in the Plastic Bubble” or seen other similar stories in the movie theater. Children born with essentially no immune system who live isolated from society to avoid life threatening infections. Those are depictions of a severe immunodeficiency. There are however, other forms of primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) with less severe and more variable symptoms.
Common Variable Immunodeficiency Disease (CVID)is an antibody deficiency which makes the immune system unable to defend against bacteria and viruses. People with this type of disorder have frequent infections of the ears, sinuses and respiratory tract. CVID can also be associated with autoimmune disorders affecting the blood cells, endocrine disorders and some arthritis. Treatment for CVID and other PIDD is replacement of the deficient antibody. Until recently this has required that a patient receive IV infusions which are both timely and costly. As these infusions are also blood products there are frequently shortages of the drug. We are excited by the prospect of new medications which are given subcutaneously and are readily available.
If you have a PIDD or think you may, contact Southern Allergy to learn more.