Chronic Granulomatous Disease
Pronounced: Kron-ik gran-u-lo-ma-tus diseaseEn Español (Spanish Version)
Chronic granulomatous disease develops when a specific gene from both parents passes to the child. This gene causes cells to develop abnormally in the immune system. The cells that are abnormal are called phagocytic cells. They normally kill bacteria. With this disease, these cells cannot work properly. As a result, the body can not fight some types of bacteria. It also makes infections likely to return.
CGD is a rare condition.
Last reviewedJuly 2013by Kari Kassir, MD; Michael Woods, MD
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