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Fifteen-minute consultation: Recognising primary immune deficiencies in children
  1. Per Wekell1,2,
  2. Olof Hertting3,
  3. Daniel Holmgren2,4,
  4. Anders Fasth2,5
  1. 1 Department of Paediatrics, NU Hospital Group, Uddevalla, Sweden
  2. 2 Department of Paediatrics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
  3. 3 Paediatric Infectious Diseases Unit, Department of Paediatrics, Astrid Lindgren Children’s Hospital, Karolinska University Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden
  4. 4 Department of Paediatrics, Skaraborg Hospital, Skövde, Sweden
  5. 5 The Queen Silvia Children’s Hospital, Gothenburg, Sweden
  1. Correspondence to Dr Per Wekell, Department of Paediatrics, Institute of Clinical Sciences, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg 405 30, Sweden; per.wekell{at}


Children with primary immunodeficiency syndromes present with broad variation of clinical features and the consequences are often severe if not promptly recognised. Here, support is provided for the general paediatrician to recognise primary immunodeficiencies among the many children they meet in their clinical practice.

  • primary immune deficiencies
  • severe combined immunodeficiency
  • hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis
  • severe congenital neutropenia,
  • chronic granulomatous disease

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  • PW and OH contributed equally.

  • Funding This study was funded by The Health & Medical Care Committee of the Regional Executive Board, Region Västra Götaland, the Swedish government under the ALF agreement, the Department of Research and Development of the NU Hospital Group.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

  • Correction notice This paper has been amended since it was published Online First. Unfortunately, the production team failed to incorporate all the corrections into the manuscript. This has now been completed. We would like to apologise to the authors for this oversight.

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