Immunodeficiency disorders may affect any part of the immune system. Most often, these conditions occur when special white blood cells called T or B lymphocytes (or both) do not function normally or your body doesn’t produce enough antibodies.
Primary immunodeficiency is the term used to describe immune system disorders caused by genetic factors. Patients with these conditions are highly susceptible to illness and may experience recurring infections and susceptibility to autoimmunity, autoinflammatory diseases, and/or allergies. Individuals may also have a difficult time recovering from these conditions and require more intensive care than other patients.
This panel may be appropriate for anyone who has a personal or family history of frequent infections, fevers, or rash, particularly if infections are recurrent and difficult to treat, require hospitalization or IV antibiotics, or are caused by an uncommon organism.
This panel can help confirm a diagnosis and guide the course of treatment. Patients with immunodeficiency can take precautions to prevent infection. Diagnosis through genetic testing can help with the development of a management plan.
- Genetic testing for primary immunodeficiency disorders can:
- Establish or confirm the appropriate diagnosis
- Identify risks for additional related symptoms
- Assist in modifying lifestyle changes
- Result in more personalized treatment and symptom management
- Inform family members about their own risk factors
- Connect patients to relevant resources & support
- Provide options for family planning