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Immunodeficiency disorders

  • Alternative Names

    Immunosuppression


    Prevention

    There is no known way to prevent congenital immunodeficiency disorders. Genetic counseling should be offered to people who want to have children and who have a family history of immunodeficiency disorders.

    Practicing safe sex and avoiding the sharing of body fluids may help prevent HIV infection and AIDS. Good nutrition may prevent acquired immunodeficiency caused by malnutrition.


    References

    Azar AE. Evaluation of the adult with suspected immunodeficiency. Am J Med. 2007;120:764-768.

    Ballow M. Primary immunodeficiency diseases. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 271.

    Morimoto Y. Immunodeficiency overview. Prim Care. 2008;35:159-173.