Common variable immunodeficiency mimicking rheumatoid arthritis with Sjögren's syndrome

Li Hsin Lin, Chih Neng Tsai, Ming Fei Liu, Chrong Reen Wang

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Several autoimmune diseases have been reported to be associated with common variable immunodeficiency disease (CVID), including rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren's syndrome. On the other hand, approximately 20-30% of patients with rheumatoid arthritis develop secondary Sjögren's syndrome. A 26-year-old woman had a 6-year history of chronic symmetric polyarthritis and 3-year history of sicca syndrome prior to admission for pneumonia. Rheumatoid arthritis with secondary Sjögren's syndrome had been diagnosed 1 year before. The patient had experienced 3 episodes of pneumonia during the previous 3 years. Markedly depressed serum immunoglobulin levels prompted a suspicion of common variable immunodeficiency, and the impression was confirmed after a series of examinations. Monthly administration of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) alleviated the polyarthritis and improved the sicca syndrome. IVIG replacement therapy was ultimately successful in curing recurrent bacterial infections, chronic polyarthritis, and improving the severity of sicca syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-360
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005 Oct 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology and Microbiology(all)
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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