Show Summary Details
Page of

Background 

Background
Author(s):

Simon M. Fox

, Angela M. Minassian

, Thomas Rawlinson

, and Brian J. Angus

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD MEDICINE ONLINE (www.oxfordmedicine.com). © Oxford University Press, 2016. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 18 August 2019

The term ‘immunocompromised host’ defines individuals with either non-specific (e.g. skin and mucous membrane, phagocytic activity, and complement) or specific (humoral or cellular immunity) dysfunction of defence mechanisms, or a combination of these. The alteration of these defence mechanisms may be a consequence of underlying disease (e.g. tumours and HIV infection), the effects of medical therapies (e.g. chemotherapy, steroids, immunosuppressants, and radiation), or primary genetic defects. This chapter provides an introduction to the immunocompromised host.

Access to the complete content on Oxford Medicine Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.