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Case Reports in Pediatrics
Volume 2014, Article ID 516256, 3 pages
Case Report

The Value of Family History in Diagnosing Primary Immunodeficiency Disorders

1Department of Pediatrics, Section of General Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
2Weill Cornell Medical College, Doha, Qatar
3Department of Pediatrics, Allergy and Immunology Section, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar
4Department of Pediatrics, Endocrinology Section, Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, Qatar

Received 4 May 2014; Accepted 16 July 2014; Published 5 August 2014

Academic Editor: Ozgur Cogulu

Copyright © 2014 Mohamed A. Hendaus et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Eliciting proper family medical history is critical in decreasing morbidity and mortality in patients with primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs). Communities with a common practice of consanguinity have a high rate of PIDs. We are presenting 2 cases where digging deeply into the family medical history resulted in the diagnosis of Omenn syndrome, a possibly fatal entity if not managed in a reasonable period.