Chronic granulomatous disease is an inherited disorder in which certain immune system cells do not function properly. This leads to ongoing and severe infection. About half of CGD cases are passed down through families and sex-linked trait. Boys are more likely to get the disorder than girls. CGD can cause many types of skin infections that are not easy to treat, including:
• Blisters or sores on the face (impetigo)
• Growths filled with pus (abscesses)
• Pus-filled lumps in the skin (boils)
HOW IS CHRONIC GRANULOMATOUS DISEASE DIAGNOSED?
The Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD) usually develops in infants and young children. When a child is frequently falling ill due to bacterial and fungal infections, a general physicianmay recommend a test to undermine the hydrogen peroxide production by the patient’s body cells. A decrease in this can be an indication of CGD.
HOW IS CHRONIC GRANULOMATOUS DISEASE TREATED?
The treatment will be carried out by the general physician with the help of antibiotics and predisone on a long term basis. Steroids and antifungal therapy may also prove useful.
DID YOU KNOW?
Chronic Granulomatous Disease is more prevalent in males than in females