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Immunodeficiency

D. Kumararatne

in Oxford Textbook of Medicine

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Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780199204854
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199570973 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.0502_update_001

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Immunodeficiency

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Immunodeficiency is caused by failure of a component of the immune system and results in increased susceptibility to infections. The possibility that a patient has an underlying immunodeficiency should be considered in the following circumstances: (1) serious, persistent, unusual or recurrent infections; (2) failure to thrive in infancy; (3) known family history of immunodeficiency; (4) unexplained lymphopenia in infancy; (5) combination of clinical features characteristic of a particular immunodeficiency syndrome. The nature of the microbial infection in a particular patient provides a clue to the likely cause of immunodeficiency....

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Subjects: Immunology

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