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Evaluating for immunodeficiency in children with recurrent infection


Lee, AYS and Gray, PEA, Evaluating for immunodeficiency in children with recurrent infection, Australian Family Physician, 43, (9) pp. 629-632. ISSN 0300-8495 (2014) [Refereed Article]


Background: Children have infections more frequently than adults. It may, therefore, be difficult to identify the rare child with immunodeficiency among the many who have recurrent infections but who have a normal immune system.

Objective: The focus of this article will be on differentiating normal children from those with childhood primary immunodeficiency, through thorough clinical evaluation, and outlining some of the more important immunodeficiency diagnoses.

Discussion: When investigating for immunodeficiency, the best available diagnostic tool is a thoughtful clinician with a good working knowledge of what is normal in terms of frequency and severity of childhood infection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Immune system diseases, Immunodeficiencies, Paediatrics, Recurrent infection
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Lee, AYS (Dr Adrian Lee)
ID Code:119329
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2017-07-31
Last Modified:2017-11-07

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