Chronic granulomatous disease is a rare disorder that causes some of the body’s white blood cells to function improperly. The disease is inherited due to genetic traits, so naturally it shows up mainly during childhood but occasionally only arises in adulthood.
Due to poorly functioning white blood cells, the patient experiences a repressed immune system that can make otherwise mild bacterial and fungal infections become life-threatening.
Symptoms vary and can be mild and hard to notice at first.
Without treatment, this condition can become life-threatening.
Controlling infectious exposure, treating early cases of infections, and supporting the immune system as much as possible.
Patients must avoid swimming pools, hot tubs, certain gardening activities, and other activities that expose them to pathogens. Any infections are diagnosed promptly and treated with certain classes of antibiotics. Allowing an infection to set in, especially in the lungs, can make it impossible to treat.
Seeing a doctor routinely is the best way to manage chronic granulomatous disease since a bone marrow transplant may become necessary if the disease reaches a severe state.