Pediatric Common Variable Immunodeficiency Follow-up

Updated: Apr 25, 2014
  • Author: C Lucy Park, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Follow-up

Further Inpatient Care

Inpatient care may be necessary for any serious clinical conditions associated with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID).

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Complications

See History for a discussion of complications.

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Prognosis

The prognosis for patients with common variable immunodeficiency is reasonably good unless severe autoimmune disease or malignancy develops and if intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) replacement therapy is started early before severe lung damage takes place (see Mortality/Morbidity).

The development of granulomatous-lymphocytic lung disease was associated with a worse prognosis and an increased prevalence of lymphoproliferative disease. [7]

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Patient Education

The effort to educate patients and families regarding early signs of infection should be ongoing. The approach in identifying infectious agents and specific antimicrobial therapy needs to be aggressive.

The following may be helpful resources:

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