F. Hayashi hayashi at u.washington.edu
Mon May 17 23:18:32 EST 1999

On Sat, 15 May 1999 scholzfam5 at mindspring.com wrote:

> Hello,
> My son who is 12 months old has just been diagnosed with this disorder.  I
> have not found any good info on the net and want to know more because he has
> several other health issues.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
> Tracy

My sympathies for the bad health news...

Hypogammaglobulinemia means that your son doesn't make enough
gamma-globulins, which is the old term for immunoglobulins, which is
another word for antibodies.

This can result from a number of different problems, but the result is
that the low antibody levels make your son more susceptible to various
infections that would normally be prevented by the presence of antibodies.

If I remember right, some of the effects can be lessened by introducing
antibodies from donors.  This would have to be done repeatedly.

Please let me know if you have any other questions.

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