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Kerala: Amrita Hospital launches clinic for inborn errors of immunity

Kochi-based Amrita Hospital recently announced the launching of a Comprehensive Inborn Errors of Immunity Clinic Amrita (CIEICA) as it celebrates its 25th anniversary for children born with inborn immunity errors

The hospital in a statement said that the state-of-the-art clinic is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of inborn errors of immunity, a group of genetically inherited disorders that impair the body's ability to fight off infections and regulate immune responses.

Dr Suma Balan, Pediatric Rheumatologist at Amrita Hospital, said, “We are glad to launch the Comprehensive Inborn Errors of Immunity Clinic Amrita, officially at Amrita Hospital, Kochi. Multiple disciplines of Amrita Hospital have been working collaboratively in the area of inborn errors of immunity for the past three years. Now we have created an umbrella of CIEICA where the patients can have a one-stop space for hassle-free care"

"Earlier, we were unable to do the diagnosis of the conditions of inborn errors of immunity as access to genetic testing was very difficult.”

“In the last decade, the situation has improved. The CIEICA clinic represents a significant step forward in our commitment to delivering advanced and specialized healthcare services. Through our dedicated team of experts, we aim to make a positive impact on the lives of individuals affected by inborn errors of immunity” She added.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), primary immunodeficiencies affect approximately 1 in 5,000 to 1 in 10,000 individuals worldwide. Inborn errors of immunity are a group of rare genetic disorders that affect the immune system's function.

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These conditions result from defects in genes responsible for the development, maturation, or function of immune cells, leading to an increased susceptibility to infections, autoimmunity, and other immune-related disorders.

 These conditions can present as recurrent serious infections, unexplained persistent fever and the early onset of autoimmune disorders. They can also present as Autoinflammatory disorders with recurrent fever and inflammation.

 The hospital stressed that early diagnosis is crucial to managing inborn errors of immunity. With prompt and accurate identification of these conditions, appropriate therapeutic interventions can be initiated early.

Treatment options may include prophylactic antibiotics, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) infusions, immunomodulators, and, in select cases, bone marrow transplantation. The goal is to save lives and preserve organ function by intervening at the right time.

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