Friday, February 14, 2014

Common variable immunodeficiency versus idiopathic primary hypogammaglobulinemia

From a recent paper:

Patients with hypogammaglobulinemia who do not fulfill all the classical diagnostic criteria for common variable immunodeficiency (reduction of two immunoglobulin isotypes and a reduced response to vaccination) constitute a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma..

The authors studied the two conditions and concluded:

..idiopathic primary hypogammaglobulinemia patients who do not fulfill all diagnostic criteria of common variable immunodeficiency have moderately decreased immunoglobulin levels and often a normal peripheral B-cell subset distribution, but still suffer from serious infectious complications.

They did not, however, exhibit the non infectious complications seen in common variable immunodeficiency.

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