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Immunology and allergies 

Immunology and allergies
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Immunology and allergies
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10.1093/med/9780199681907.003.0019
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date: 23 September 2019

Immunology and allergies is the study of the immune system and its defects, and encompasses both clinical medicine and laboratory-based science. Primary immunodeficiency disorders include X-linked agammaglobulinaemia, combined immunodeficiency, and common variable immunodeficiency. Secondary immunodeficiency disorders arise following treatment with cytotoxic or immunosuppressive drugs (e.g. chemotherapy or steroids) or as a result of acute infection. Patients are often treated with immunoglobulin therapy to reduce the risk of infection. Allergy clinics look after patients with severe food or drug allergies or with chronic urticarial conditions, and may also provide desensitization therapies to those affected by severe (e.g. nut) allergies to reduce the risk of anaphylactic reactions. This specialty is also responsible for the provision of clinical immunology services within a hospital (e.g. quality control, interpretation of laboratory assays, and liaison with other medical specialties).

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