Primary immunodeficiency diseases (PID) comprise a group of more than 300 diseases that affect development
and /or function of the immune system.
The aim of this study was diagnosis of PID among a suspected group of neonates and infants within the first six
months of life as well as identifying the warning signs of PID characteristic to this period.
Fifty neonates presenting with warning signs of PID were enrolled in the study.
The study revealed that twenty six patients (52%) were diagnosed with Primary Immunodeficiency, T cell/combined
immunodeficiency were noted as the most common PID class (88.5%) with fourteen T-B-SCID patients (70%) and six T-B+
SCID patients (30%), phagocytic disorders were estimated to be 7.7% while 3.8% were unclassified immunodeficiency. The
mean age of presentation for PID group was 1.42±1.38 months with a diagnostic lag of 3.08±1.78 months. Consanguinity was
positive in 76.9% of the PID group. Lower respiratory tract infections ,persistent fungal infections and lymphopenia were the
most significant warning signs for diagnosing PID with a p value of (0.01). Combined, lower respiratory tract infections, fungal
infections and lymphopenia were 12.3 times more likely to be associated with PID.
Focused screening in high risk neonates proved to be a valuable tool for diagnosis of PID disorders.
Cite as: Galal N, Ohida M, Meshaal S, Abd Elaziz D, I E. Targeted screening for primary immunodeficiency disorders in the neonatal period
and early infancy. Afri Health Sci. 2019;19(1). 1449-1459. https://dx.doi. org/10.4314/ahs.v19i1.18