Primary immunodeficiency – a silent killer among children

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While the world is observing primary immunodeficiency (PI) awareness week (from April 22 to 29), immunologists in city lament there is little awareness about this disease, which affects children, and no proper study has been done to assess its prevalence.

They said the city may have up to 5,000 children suffering from PI and in many cases parents may not be aware of it.”In Bengaluru, anywhere between 1,000 and 5,000 children are suffering from PI. However, the total number is grossly underdiagnosed as we do not have a proper study on the same,” said Dr Sagar Bhattad, a pediatric immunologist at Aster CMI Hospital. He said in the last two months he came across four new cases of PI.

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