Oral manifestations of selective iga-deficiency: Review & case-report

L Azzi, F Croveri, R Vinci, V Maurino, A Boggio, D Mantegazza, D Farronato, A Tagliabue, J Silvestre-Rangil, L Tettamanti

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Immunoglobulin A deficiency is the most common primary immunodeficiency defined as decreased serum level of IgA (less than 7 mg/dl) in the presence of normal levels of other immunoglobulin isotypes. Most individuals with IgA deficiency are asymptomatic and identified coincidentally. However, some patients may present with recurrent infections, allergic disorders and autoimmune manifestations, such as diabetes mellitus, Graves disease and celiac disease. The international literature has not produced any kind of review yet about intra-oral manifestations of selective IgA-deficiency. L.S., a 7-year-old Caucasian girl, was examined at our hospital. After she had undergone a professional dental cleaning, a symmetric, bilateral ulcerative gingivitis developed nearby the upper second primary molars. The gingival ulcers were persistent and did not disappear in the following 3 weeks. In the meantime, the young patient reported the presence of gastrointestinal symptoms. IgA serum level was 4.5 mg/dl, while the other isotypes levels were in the common range. The diagnosis of selective IgA-deficiency was formulated and the girl underwent further examination for the specific IgG autoantibodies in celiac disease, which were not present. Consequently, a full prevention program was planned. This case report emphasizes the role of the paediatric dentist in the early detection of systemic disorder, such as the immunological diseases. The oral cavity often reveals to be the first site of manifestation of important systemic diseases. Immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency is the most common primary immunodeficiency and is defined as a decrease in serum IgA levels in the presence of normal levels of other immunoglobulin isotypes (1). Serum IgA deficiency was first described in children with ataxia-Telangiectasia (2) and has since been identified in other patients, including normal patients. The prevalence of IgA deficiency ranges from 1:223 to 1:1000 in community studies and from 1:400 to 1:3000 in healthy blood donors (3). © Copyright by BIOLIFE, s.a.s.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)113-117
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Issue number2, Suppl. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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