Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
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- May 18, 2021
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Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is an immune system disorder in which you have low levels of several of the proteins (antibodies) that help you fight infections. CVID leaves you open to recurrent infections in your ears, sinuses and respiratory system, and increases your risk of digestive disorders, blood disorders and cancer.
Signs and symptoms of common variable immunodeficiency may appear during childhood or adolescence, though many people don't experience them until adulthood. The condition can be inherited, or it can be acquired during your lifetime.
CVID can be associated with autoimmune disorders that affect other blood cells causing low numbers of white cells or platelets, anemia, arthritis and other conditions such asendocrine disorders. Gastrointestinal problems includingchronic diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, vomiting andabdominal pain can also be present.
Treatments for CVID focus on decreasing the frequency and the severity of your infections and may include immunoglobulin and antibiotic therapies. Doctors trained in pediatric immunodeficiency disorders care for children with CVID and other immune system disorders