What is the role of antimicrobials in the treatment of common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)?

Updated: Oct 16, 2018
  • Author: C Lucy Park, MD; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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Infections should be treated early with full doses of antimicrobial agents. Whenever possible, narrow-spectrum drugs should be used on the basis of microbial sensitivity testing. Prophylactic antibiotics should be avoided because they increase the hazard of infection with fungi or other resistant organisms. Antiviral agents may be useful in some patients with persistent or severe viral infections.


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