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CGD may become apparent at any time from infancy to late adulthood; however, most affected individuals are diagnosed before age 5 years.1 Approximately 1 out of every 200,000 people in the United States has CGD.2

Prevention of life-threatening infections is vital for patients with CGD1-6

Life-threatening infections can be difficult to manage and may require lengthy hospitalizations.

Recovery from severe infections in CGD is often complicated by3:

  • Increased scar formation
  • Wound dehiscence
  • Stricture development

The exaggerated inflammatory response of CGD probably contributes to:

  • Dysregulated cytokine production4,5
  • Decreased apoptosis6

Life expectancy remains well below that of the general population3,7-10

Although survival has increased, infections are still major causes
of mortality for patients with CGD.7

Left untreated, CGD can be fatal3,8

For comparison, the survival curve of the general US
population has been included.

Graph showing survival rate of Chronic Granulomatous Disease (CGD)

Kaplan-Meier survival curves for patients with X-linked and autosomal recessive CGD3

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