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Chronic Granulomatous Disease Symptoms & Diagnosis


  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck
  • Abscesses in the neck's lymph nodes or liver
  • Frequent skin infections that are resistant to treatment:
    • Chronic infections inside the nose
    • Impetigo (a bacterial skin infection)
    • Abscesses
    • Furuncles (boils)
    • Eczema worsened by an infection
    • Abscesses near the anus
  • Frequent pneumonia that is resistant to treatment
  • Persistent diarrhea
  • Infections of the bones
  • Infections of the joints
  • Fungal infections

Bacterial Skin Infection

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Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. A physical exam will be done.

Tests may include the following:

  • Biopsy —removal of a sample of tissue to test for the condition
  • Dihydrorhodamine reduction (DHR) flow cytometry test—a blood test that looks at the ability of phagocytes to make chemicals that can destroy bacteria
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR)—to test for inflammation
  • Chest x-ray —a test that uses radiation to take pictures of structures inside the chest cavity
  • Bone scan
  • Liver scan
  • Complete blood count (CBC)

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2020 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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