phagocytic dysfunction disorders


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phagocytic dysfunction disorders

 
a group of immunodeficiency conditions characterized by disordered phagocytic activity; they may be extrinsic (e.g. suppression of the number of phagocytes by immunosuppressive agents, or dysfunction caused by corticosteroids) or intrinsic (related to enzyme deficiencies); they are marked by bacterial or fungal infections that range from mild recurrent skin infection to fatal systemic infection.
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