Common Variable Immunodeficiency
Also known as: CVID.
What is common variable immunodeficiency?
Common variable immunodeficiency is a disorder that affects the ability of the immune system to fight off foreign invaders and infections due to a lack of sufficient antibodies. Frequent infections, such as pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections are a common sign of the disease.
What causes common variable immunodeficiency?
The cause is unclear in most cases of common variable immunodeficiency. A small group of patients have a molecular defect.
What are the symptoms of common variable immunodeficiency?
The most common sign of common variable immunodeficiency is frequent infections. They can have recurrent pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus infections, gastrointestinal problems, chronic lung disease, and are more likely to have autoimmune diseases, and malignancies.
What are common variable immunodeficiency care options?
The primary treatment for common variable immunodeficiency is called immunoglobulin replacement therapy. This therapy replaces the body’s antibodies that are deficient. Antibiotics and other treatments may also be needed based on the symptoms that are present.
Reviewed by: Amy S Feldman, MD
This page was last updated on: 3/23/2018 1:54:53 PM
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Dr. Feldman is employed by Pediatric Specialists of America (PSA), the multispecialty group practice of Nicklaus Children’s Health System. She is an allergist and immunologist within the Division of Allergy and Immunology at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. Dr. Feldman sees patients at the Nicklaus Children's Boynton Beach Care Center.
The Boynton Beach Care Center is the newest Nicklaus Children’s care location and offers a range of services for children from birth through 21 years of age.