What is the role of surgery 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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Often, patients with common variable immunodeficiency need a surgical procedure for treatment of complications (eg, endoscopic sinus surgery for chronic sinusitis). Some patients require splenectomy secondary to severe autoimmune thrombocytopenia or hemolytic anemia. Postoperative complications include sepsis and fistula. Perform a biopsy in patients with rapidly enlarging lymph nodes to rule out infection or malignancy.


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