What are immune deficiency syndromes?

Also known as: immune deficiency, immunodeficiency disorders, primary and/or secondary immunodeficiency.

The body’s immune system primarily defends one’s body against infections like bacteria, viruses and parasites.

There are two broad categories of immune deficiency: those that one is born with (congenital), and those that are acquired after birth (secondary).

Immune deficiency syndrome refers to a broad range of medical disorders that prevent your body from protecting itself from illnesses such as viruses and bacteria. There are a number of different types of congenital and acquired immune deficiency syndromes that can impact the body in a variety of ways.

Reviewed by: Kamar Godder, MD

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