Clinical aspects of chronic granulomatous disease

Curr Opin Hematol. 2001 Jan;8(1):17-22. doi: 10.1097/00062752-200101000-00004.


Data from a registry of 368 patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) documenta shift in the most common infecting organisms away from staphylococci and enteric bacteria to Aspergillus species, although staphylococci remain a threat. A. nidulans appears to have a particular virulence in CGD. Burkholderia cepacia sepsis/pneumonia was the second most lethal infection in patients in the registry. Seventy-six percent of registry patients had the X-linked recessive (XLR) form of CGD. Chorioretinitis may be more common than previously appreciated, and boys with the XLR disease should probably have routine full eye exams. A new variant of CGD has been described that is caused by an inhibitory mutation in Rac2, which regulates activity of the neutrophil respiratory burst and actin assembly. Interferon-gamma, antibacterial prophylaxis, and, probably, antifungal prophylaxis with itraconazole reduce the rate of infection, and bone marrow transplantation can cure the disease if a histocompatible donor is available. Gene therapy can cure CGD in knockout mouse models. Having even a small percentage of phagocytes that are nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phospate oxidase-positive can reduce the risk of serious infection, and procedures now under study appear close to achieving that goal, if not a cure.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Granulomatous Disease, Chronic / physiopathology*
  • Humans