Chronic Granulomatous Disease is a condition that affects the immunity of the body and increases the risk of contracting infections. This condition increases the susceptibility of getting infections caused by certain germs and bacteria. These can be severe infections that affect the lungs, liver, bones and skin.
HOW IS CHRONIC GRANULOMATOUS DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of the disease is through clinical evaluation, physical examination and evaluation of patient history. General physicians may order for nitroblue tetrazolium (NBT) slide test which is based on testing the WBCs. Another commonly referred test for CGD is dihydrorhodamine 123 test for determining the functioning of WBCs
HOW IS CHRONIC GRANULOMATOUS DISEASE TREATED?
There is no real cure for Chronic Granulomatous Disease. Treatment involves prevention of infections and this is done by ensuring minimal exposure to bacteria and fungi. Preventive antibiotics are a common prescription for people affected with CGD.
DID YOU KNOW?
CGD affects about 1 in 2lakh people in the US with about 20 new cases diagnosed each year.