Adult patients who present with recurrent infections pose a dilemma to the generalist. Cellulitis — Cellulitis is likely to recur in the setting of lymphatic stasis (lymphedema) and/or breaches in the skin barrier (eg, dermatophyte infections or trauma). An immunodeficiency happens when your body lacks the ability to produce antibodies which attach to germs and destroy them. Some immunodeficiencies are also associated with higher rates of allergic disease, which is another manifestation of immune dysregulation. This capacity is critical not only for defense against invading micro-organisms, but also for the prevention of autoimmune disease and detection and destruction of malignant cells. Inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, pyoderma granuloma, and connective tissue disorders are also seen with increased frequency. ●Persistent thrush especially in the absence of recently administered antibiotics. As an example, shunting of venous blood to the systemic circulation may occur through intracardiac right-to-left or bidirectional shunts, anomalous pulmonary arteries, or extracardiac vascular malformations (eg, Rendu-Osler-Weber syndrome). Initial immunologic evaluation — Immunologic evaluation would be appropriate in patients with recurrent cellulitis or abscesses affecting different sites who do not have predisposing lymphatic or venous abnormalities or associated dermatologic conditions. Defects in immunoglobulins and/or complement proteins — Recurrent sinopulmonary infections, chronic gastrointestinal infections, bacteremia, and/or meningitis are associated with defects in immunoglobulins and/or complement proteins. Typical micro-organisms include cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus or other herpes viruses, mycobacteria, and fungi (. or radionuclides for localizing a CSF leak are rarely necessary. Skin infections. In pediatric patients with 22q11.2DS, recurrent sinusitis has been found in approximately a quarter, 31,34 recurrent otitis media in 25% to 50%, 31,34 recurrent bronchitis in 7%, 34 and recurrent pneumonia in 4%. Other underlying conditions that predispose to recurrent pneumonia in a particular anatomic area include recurrent aspiration due to seizures, ethanol or other drug use, dysphagia, reflux, Zenker's diverticulum, or achalasia. Chronic infections are those that occur repeatedly over time, especially in the fall and winter seasons when people are spending more time indoors and in groups. 2018;13(3):e0194858. Inflammatory bowel disease occasionally coexists with antibody deficiencies. • Need more than four courses of antibiotic treatment per year (in children) or more that two times per year (in adults)? ●A family history of primary immunodeficiency. "Warning signs" of primary immunodeficiency in adults have been developed to help patients and clinicians recognize excessive infections . Skin infections caused by staph bacteria include: Boils. ●Primary immunodeficiency occasionally presents for the first time in adulthood. Methods: this was a retrospective cohort study of health records from 19,696 adults aged ≥65 with recurrent UTIs. Do you or your children… Quality statement 2: Diagnosing urinary tract infections in adults with catheters Quality statement 3: Referring men with upper urinary tract infections Quality statement 4: Urine culture for adults with a urinary tract infection that does not respond to initial antibiotic treatment In adults, the most common chronic respiratory condition is COPD in which respiratory viruses and bacterial co-infections are likely to be common and bacterial infections are reported to be associated with 50% of exacerbations . If these initial tests are abnormal, further individual testing of the terminal complement components (C5 through C9) is warranted. Patients who have two or more warning signs or other history to suggest an immune problem should still be evaluated for secondary immune disorders and anatomic causes of recurrent infections, because the latter categories of illness are more common than primary immunodeficiency. Children and adults of any age can develop a bacterial infection. Sinusitis — Recurrent sinusitis in isolation is rarely associated with an immunodeficiency state and more likely reflects underlying allergic rhinitis, inadequate antibiotic therapy, or a local anatomic defect (eg, nasal polyposis or structural abnormalities due to a deviated nasal septum, narrowed sinus ostia, or past facial trauma). The presence of ischemic ulcers provides a ready portal of entry for progressive local infection, exacerbated by poor arterial inflow and delivery of granulocytes and antibiotics. Low complement levels may be due to either congenital complement deficiency or acquired diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus. Meningitis — Recurrences can occur with bacterial, viral, and noninfectious causes of meningitis. The frequency of these infections may be related to exposures, as in health care and daycare workers, teachers, and parents, who are routinely exposed to children or other individuals who may tra… ●In patients with recurrent simplex despite appropriate suppressive therapies or in patients with recurrent herpes zoster, testing for HIV as well as T and NK cell quantitation are indicated. ●Secondary immune disorders due to other medical conditions or treatments for these conditions are a much more common cause of recurrent infections than primary immunodeficiencies. Initial immunologic evaluation — Primary immunodeficiency should be suspected in adults with recurrent infections of the lung in association with other infections, such as sinusitis, otitis media, or bronchitis  . In these situations, recurrent infection is limited to the neck, axilla, groin, umbilicus, or site of previous trauma, and there is no need to suspect a generalized susceptibility to infection, ●Crohn disease may rarely lead to inguinal and/or perianal abscesses complicating enteric fistula and intraabdominal abscess formation. Pneumonia — Patients with recurrent pneumonia often fall into one of two categories: ●Patients with recurrent pneumonia limited to a particular anatomic region (eg, right middle lobe), who generally have a local anatomic abnormality. Approach to the adult with recurrent infections. Kidney infections often cause fevers and upper back pain - usually on one side or the other. This pattern suggests a single relapsing infection rather than multiple new infections. Recurring infections not responding to antibiotic therapy 3. Typical micro-organisms include cytomegalovirus, Epstein-Barr virus or other herpes viruses, mycobacteria, and fungi (Candida, Cryptococcus, and Pneumocystis). In most cases, there is a secondary cause, such as an anatomic abnormality or established systemic illness. ●Anatomic abnormalities resulting in obstruction, stasis, reflux of urinary flow, and functional abnormalities, such as overactive bladder and incontinence, all predispose toward recurrent urinary infections. ●Recurrent bacterial meningitis can result from a breach in the cranial vault. Consanguinity increases the likelihood that a rare autosomal recessive condition could be expressed. GPs should be aware of the clues in the history that suggest a possible immunodeficiency in … Granulocyte (neutrophil) defects — Recurrent invasive skin and soft tissue infections, especially focal abscesses requiring incision and drainage, are associated with granulocyte (neutrophil) defects. Patients with recurrent pneumonia limited to a particular anatomic region should be evaluated for an anatomic abnormality. Instead, local anatomic abnormalities are a more likely underlying cause. Two of the most common forms of antibody defects in adults are associated with normal levels of total IgG, IgA, IgM, and IgE: ●IgG subclass deficiency – This is often studied at the same time as quantitative immunoglobulin levels to expedite clinical evaluation. Like any part of your body, you can get infections and illnesses that can affect your teeth, gums, and tongue. In addition, levels of IgG, IgA, and IgM should be measured. Sinusitis is a very common problem, affecting approximately one in every eight American adults annually. ●The hallmark of herpes group virus infections is persistent (latent) neuronal viral infection, with the risk of recurrent regional disease throughout life. Characteristic organisms include catalase-positive organisms, such as S. aureus, gram-negative bacilli, Aspergillus, and Nocardia. Patients with milder phenotypes of LAD-I can survive into adulthood. The canal is easily traumatized. ●Immunoglobulin deficiency disorders or impaired reticuloendothelial function resulting from splenectomy or hemoglobinopathy are associated with an increased risk of bacteremia and therefore meningitis, due to encapsulated pathogens. Among 275 patients with community-acquired meningitis, 17 (6.2 percent) had more than one episode of community-acquired disease and 10 had three or more episodes. A Gram stain (considered the gold standard laboratory method for diagnosing BV) is used to determine the relative concentration of lactobacilli (i.e., long Gram-positive rods), Gram-negative and Gram-variable rods and cocci (i.e., G. vaginalis, Prevotella, Porphyromonas, and peptostreptococci), and curved Gram-negative rods (i.e., Mobiluncus) characteristic of BV. By continuing to browse this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. — In addition to infections, many immune disorders are associated with autoimmune disease and a higher risk of malignancies. The infectious disease clinician usually has the most experience in formulating antibiotic strategies for acute therapy and prophylaxis that may minimize morbidity. If you think you have a PIDD, talk to an allergist / immunologist, a pediatrician or internist with two to three years of additional training to manage allergies, asthma and immunodeficiencies. In such cases, a. swallow or other appropriate gastroenterologic studies should be considered. Lumbar puncture and instillation of fluorescein or radionuclides for localizing a CSF leak are rarely necessary. Culture information and imaging studies documenting the presence of infections and types of organisms should be retrieved or obtained for past and current infections, whenever possible. The etiology and subsequent approach varies according to the type and pattern of infections present. Recurrent infections rarely associated with an immune defect: • Recurrent strep throat • Staph aureus and other bacterial skin infections in atopic dermatitis (Note: SCID, XLA, hyper-IgE, Wiskott Aldrich patients may present with dermatitis) • Arthritis and osteomyelitis exept if caused by atypical mycobacteria (or Staph aureus in From a big-picture standpoint, these infections represent an imbalance between exposure to microorganisms (high microbial load) and the ability of the immune system to eliminate them. Various bacteria cause many cases of gastrointestinal infections. Initial immunologic evaluation — It is reasonable to consider immunologic investigation for underlying neutropenia and T cell immunodeficiency in patients who experience severe primary C. difficile disease requiring hospitalization or refractory disease despite appropriate therapy when a clinical explanation is lacking. A bony cranial defect can usually be detected by high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) scanning. Patients with tracheal disorders, such as tracheobronchomegaly. ●A variety of functional defects in phagocytes should also be considered. Recurrent enteroviral (aseptic) meningitis has been associated with agammaglobulinemia. Patients will sometimes present with recurrent infections of one type. Respiratory infections are infections that happen in the lungs, chest, sinuses, nose and throat. Additional inforamtion about PIDD. The effect of imunoglucan (Imunoglukan P4H® syrup) on the course and frequency of recurrent infections of upper respiratory tract has shown also multi-centric study. 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