Bhavin Patel, MD and Achin Kim, MD


Rochester Hills Location:  950 West Avon Road, Suite A-5 • Rochester Hills, MI 48307 • 248-651-1133

Troy Location:  4600 Investment Drive • Suite 110 • Troy, MI 48098 • 248-267-5008

Susceptibility to infection is one of the most common symptoms of primary immune deficiency. It can often be seen early in a child's life. However, signs of immune deficiency may also occur in older children, teenagers or adults.


(Source: The Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology)


What is immune deficiency?

When part of the immune system is either absent or not functioning properly, it can result in an immune deficiency disease. Immune deficiency diseases fall into two categories:

• Primary Immunodeficiency Disease

• Secondary Immunodeficiency Disease


Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD)

Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases are a result of an immune deficiency that is hereditary or genetic. More than 150 of these diseases exist.

Symptoms include:

• Recurrent, unusual or difficult to treat infections

• Poor growth or loss of weight

• Recurrent pneumonia, ear infections or sinusitis

• Multiple courses of antibiotics or IV antibiotics necessary to clear infections

• Recurrent deep blisters or sores

• A family history of PIDD

• Swollen lymph glands or an enlarged spleen


Secondary Immunodeficiency Diseases

Secondary Immunodeficiency Diseases occur when the immune system is compromised due to an environmental factor. Examples of these external causes include HIV, chemotherapy, severe burns or malnutrition.


How are immune deficiencies treated?

Major strides have taken place in improving the health and wellbeing

of patients with immune disease. Please consult Allergy & Asthma Physicians of Rochester Hills for an accurate diagnosis and treatment plan.

Bhavin Patel, MD • Achin Kim, MD

Board Certified in Pediatric and Adult Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.