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How can a doctor diagnose a primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) in a child?

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To diagnose primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD), your doctor may ask questions like:

Your doctor may draw blood to measure white blood cells and levels of proteins that fight disease called immunoglobulins.

Many states test newborns for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), the most severe kind of PIDD.

  • Does your child have many severe infections?
  • If so, how long do they last?
  • Does your child stay sick even after taking antibiotics?
  • Do people in your family tend to get sick a lot?

From: Primary Immunodeficiency WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/11/2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Primary Immunodeficiency Disease."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Primary Immunodeficiency."

CDC: "Newborn Screening: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Bone Marrow Transplantation."

Immune Deficiency Foundation: "Patient & Family Handbook."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases."

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Learn More About Primary Immune Deficiency."

Cambridge University Hospitals: "Antibiotics for adults with primary immunodeficiency."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Primary Immunodeficiency Disease."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Primary Immunodeficiency."

CDC: "Newborn Screening: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Bone Marrow Transplantation."

Immune Deficiency Foundation: "Patient & Family Handbook."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases."

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Learn More About Primary Immune Deficiency."

Cambridge University Hospitals: "Antibiotics for adults with primary immunodeficiency."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

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