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Infection and immunity

This section deals with clinical conditions associated with infection and immunity which are covered by the Immunology department. For each clinical condition, the relevant immunological tests are listed together with a short explanation of their use.

Please phone Immunology Clinical Staff (ext 66468) to discuss the investigation of recurrent unusual infections.

Primary immunodeficiency (PID) can cause preventable death or morbidity. Consider PID in patients with:

  • recurrent infection
  • severe infection
  • infection refractory to antibiotics
  • unusual infection

Don't forget that PID can present in childhood and adulthood as well as in infancy.

Guidelines for testing are available from the UK Primary Immunodeficiency Network (UKPIN)

Patient information is available from the Primary Immunodeficiency Association


(Last updated March 25th 2014)