- Defects in the body's natural defenses can occur naturally or as a result of some other disease or medical treatment. This leads to frequent or more severe infections.
- There are many immune deficiencies affecting children and adults. Certain pediatric diseases may be discovered on newborn screening conducted by the state of Texas. Dr. Chen is a registered Pediatric Immunology Consultant by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
- The most common immune deficiencies present with persistent ear, sinus and lung infections despite appropriate antibiotics.
- Specialized tests and medications, such as intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) may be needed to prevent life-threatening illness.