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secondary immunodeficiency


Definition: immunodeficiency with no evident defect in the lymphoid tissues, but rather hypercatabolism or loss of immunoglobulins such as occurs in familial idiopathic hypercatabolic hypoproteinemia, protein-losing enteropathy, nephrotic syndrome, uremia, malnutrition, infection, diabetes, or malignancy.

Synonym(s): secondary agammaglobulinemia, secondary hypogammaglobulinemia

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