X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA) is an inherited disorder that occurs only in boys, in which they have extremely low levels of certain antibodies needed to fight infection. As a result, they have frequent infections, most often of the lungs, sinuses, and bones.
X-linked agammaglobulinemia usually first appears in infant boys 6 to 9 months old. Boys with agammaglobulinemia need regular treatment with antibiotics or immunoglobulin (IG) to help prevent serious infection.
eMedicineHealth Medical Reference from Healthwise
To learn more visit Healthwise.org
© 1995-2014 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
- Early Care for Your Premature Baby
- What to Eat When You Have Cancer
- When to Take More Pain Medication