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Chronic Variable ImmunodeficiencyIndianapolis, IN

Chronic variable immunodeficiency (CVID) is a genetic condition that negatively impacts the immune system by reducing the levels of antibodies in the blood. This condition makes patients more susceptible to a variety of health issues like infections in the sinuses, ear, and respiratory system. Chronic variable immunodeficiency increases a person's risk of developing problems with the digestive system and other health issues.

Chronic variable immunodeficiency treatment is available at Indiana Craniofacial Center PC in Indianapolis and the surrounding area. We will help patients receive the treatment they need for symptoms relief. Since the symptoms for variable immunodeficiency can mimic other conditions, it is essential to seek professional treatment.

Call 317-283-1900 to schedule an appointment and begin the path toward treatment today.

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The Impact of Chronic Variable Immunodeficiency in your life

CVID is caused by defective genes that control the immune system, according to WebMD. Most people with the condition are diagnosed somewhere between the ages of 20 to 50. Such defects can lead to the body, making unusually low amounts of immunoglobulins. These are proteins that help to fight off infections.

Symptoms of variable immunodeficiency include:

  • A chronic cough
  • Breathing problems
  • Ear infections
  • Reoccurring lung infections like pneumonia
  • Weight loss due to frequent diarrhea

Blood tests and the patient's family medical history can help to make a diagnosis. With the blood test, we can help detect possible signs of CVID like low levels of immunoglobulins. Blood tests can also help us analyze how well the patient's immune system currently works.

Treatments for Chronic Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID)

Once a patient receives a diagnosis for CVID, we might prescribe immunoglobulin replacement therapy to strengthen their immune system. It is a treatment the patient will need to continue to get throughout their life.

Immunoglobulin replacement therapy replaces the patient's missing antibodies with antibodies from healthy donors. It is possible to administer this treatment via an injection under the skin or intravenously. Antibiotics might be necessary to address any infections associated with the patient's CVID.

Getting prompt treatment for CVID is essential since it can lead to multiple complications when left untreated, such as:

  • Autoimmune problems: This occurs when a person's immune system begins to attack healthy cells.
  • Bronchiectasis: This is caused by permanent damage being done to the lungs as a result of a reoccurring infection.
  • Cancer: People with CVID are more likely to develop issues like stomach cancer and lymphoma.
  • Granulomas: This is caused by inflamed cells in organs like the lungs and skin.

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While chronic variable immunodeficiency is a genetic condition that can affect anyone, you do not need to let it hinder your quality of life. Getting treatment for CVID strengthens your immune system and allows you to enjoy life. Call us at 317-283-1900 to schedule an appointment and begin the path to treatment.

Indiana Craniofacial Center PC is located at
3750 Guion Rd Ste 280
Indianapolis, IN
46222

(317) 283-1900

Frequently Asked Questions

Can chronic variable immunodeficiency be life-threatening?

The U.S. National Library of Medicine states that people with CVID will have a hard time fighting off infections. This difficulty is due to low levels of antibodies, which naturally protect the body against invading microorganisms. Vaccines are not effective on people with impaired antibody production, which also exposes them to a variety of diseases. Reoccurring infections like chronic lung disease can also have life-threatening consequences.

How do I know if I have CVID?

Common symptoms associated with CVID include chronic cough, ear infections, reoccurring sinus infections, breathing problems, and reoccurring lung infections. With blood tests, we can help patients receive the customized care they need.

How can professional treatment help with CVID?

A doctor can help with CVID by providing immunoglobulin replacement therapy. This helps to strengthen the patient's immune system by adding a donor's antibodies into their bloodstream. We may administer this treatment with an IV. We may also recommend antibiotics to help to fight off infections.

Is CVID the reason I always feel fatigued?

Fatigue is one of the symptoms of a compromised immune system. Patients with chronic variable immunodeficiency who experience fatigue often have likely developed an autoimmune system like anemia or low thyroid function. The fatigue experience can also be the result of a complication like a granulomatous disease.

Is there a cure for chronic variable immunodeficiency?

Unfortunately, there is currently no cure for the condition. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatments that can help fight off infections and other symptoms associated with the disease. Immunoglobulin replacement therapy is the standard way to manage the condition. However, that will not address the gastrointestinal issues caused by CVID.