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Disease States: Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases (PIDDs)

There are greater than 400 forms of Primary Immune Deficiency Diseases (PIDDs) recognized by the International Union of Immunological Societies.1 These rare genetic diseases are chronic, at times debilitating, and often costly per the National Institute of Health (NIH).1 PIDDs are also known as Inborn Errors of Immunity (IEI). These can affect anyone regardless of gender, age, or ethnicity. They share a common thread; part of the immune system is missing or not functioning properly. This leads to the hallmark of increased susceptibility to infection; it could involve the sinuses, lungs, skin, ears, throat, spinal cord, brain, urinary tract or intestinal tracts. Physical exam may also identify signs of a PIDD including enlargement of lymph nodes, the liver or spleen. For some, inflammatory bowel disease, autoimmune symptoms or blood vessel inflammation could indicate a PIDD. [More]

A Word on Neurology

Regardless of the area of specialty any nurse is employed, we all have learned the importance of the holistic approach to patient care. We regularly assess cardiac and respiratory function through monitoring vital signs. We are trained to ask about a history of things like diabetes and high cholesterol. We adjust and adapt medications and work in concert with medical physicians to address these common medical conditions, thus improving our knowledge level in these areas. [More]