Which physical findings are characteristic of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)?

Updated: Oct 16, 2018
  • Author: C Lucy Park, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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In contrast to patients with X-linked agammaglobulinemia, many patients with common variable immunodeficiency have generalized lymphadenopathy and splenomegaly. Other positive physical examination findings depend on their clinical presentation and organ involvement (see History). Young children with common variable immunodeficiency may present with failure-to-thrive (FTT) secondary to frequent infection and increased energy expenditure. FTT may occur secondary to malabsorption syndrome associated with infection, inflammatory bowel disease, or spruelike illness.


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