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2 or More Pneumonias Per Year May Indicate Genetic Immune Deficiency

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Otitis media (ear infection) may occur repeatedly.
9. Bone, 13 percent. The ribs, vertebrae, femur, talus, and tibia may be sites of osteomyelitis.
10. Eye, 11 percent. Conjunctivitis (pink eye) and blepharitis (infection of the eyelid at the base of the eyelashes) are the most common eye symptoms.
11. Joint, 7 percent. Septic arthritis affects the joints.
12. Brain, 7 percent. Brain abscesses are one of the most feared complications.
13. Autoimmunity or rheumatology, 6 percent.

The Chronic Granulomatous Disease Association is a non-profit organization devoted to helping patients and families. See references.


J Merlign van den Berg et al, “Chronic Granulomatous Disease: The European Experience”, PLoS ONE. April 2009; 4(4): e5234.

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Linda Fugate is a scientist and writer in Austin, Texas. She has a Ph.D. in Physics and an M.S. in Macromolecular Science and Engineering. Her background includes academic and industrial research in materials science. She currently writes song lyrics and health articles.

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I am curious to know what you think about probiotics helping with immune function? I know they work great for so many things and we have tried to learn as much as possible on them since (chewable probiotics) for kids have dramatically helped our son's Eczema and food allergies/intolerance. They have been amazing and our whole family loves them now. What do you think about them?

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March 15, 2010 - 8:00am
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Not only is CGD a rare disease, affecting about on in a million, but most of the patients with this disease are males (due to an x-linked form) making female CGDers very rare indeed.

March 12, 2010 - 7:26am
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