Case: The patient was a 12-year-old African American male who presented to our hospital from a community hospital for further care of a worsening left-sided pneumonia. His mother reported a 3-week history of intermittent cough and fever at home before his community hospital admission. She had been treating these symptoms with over-the-counter cough remedies at home but became concerned because his symptoms were not improving. The patient also had diagnoses of idiopathic bronchiectasis and selective immunoglobulin (Ig) A deficiency (reported according to history). He had required hospital admission for bacterial pneumonia several times during his life, and he was well below the 1% mark for height, weight, and BMI for his age. At the community hospital, he was treated aggressively with weight-appropriate doses of ceftriaxone and vancomycin. Despite treatment, the patient’s symptoms had not improved. Repeat imaging at the community hospital demonstrated worsening status of his pneumonia. On admission to...
New Diagnosis of Common Variable Immunodeficiency in a 12-Year-Old With Pneumonia: An Illustrative Case
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Stefani Samples, Nirupma Sharma, Dennis Ownby; New Diagnosis of Common Variable Immunodeficiency in a 12-Year-Old With Pneumonia: An Illustrative Case. Hosp Pediatr July 2014; 4 (4): 251–255. https://doi.org/10.1542/hpeds.2013-0089
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