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UNDERSTANDING PIDS

A malfunctioning immune system is at the center of many complex – and often chronic – disorders and diseases:

  • Because their immune system’s don’t work properly, people who have primary immune deficiencies (PIDs) are, generally, more susceptible to infections.
  • PIDs may cause the immune system to attack the body itself, creating a condition identifies as ‘auto immunity’.
  • One of the mot common forms of autoimmunity is arthritis, a disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints.
  • Auto-immunity can also cause:
    • skin rashes,
    • a loss of red blood cells (anemia) or platelet cells (involved in blood clotting),
    • inflammation of blood vessels,
    • diarrhea,
    • kidney disease.
  • Patients with certain PIDs may be more likely to develop allergies and asthma.
  • Thanks to recent scientific advances, treatments are now available that allows patients with many forms of PIDs to enjoy lives that are as full and normal as possible.

To learn more about what adult patients, parents of children with PIDs and the children themselves can do to stay healthy, please contact a member of our IMMUNOe Immunology Team at 303.224.4678.