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Activated PI3K Delta Syndrome

Activated PI3K delta syndrome, known as APDS (previously known as PASLI* Disease) is a rare primary immunodeficiency, first discovered in 2013.1-4 APDS is caused by genetic variants in either one of two genes known as PIK3CD or PIK3R1, which encode proteins that are vital to the normal development and function of immune cells. 5,6

APDS has the potential to be life-threatening. Proper diagnosis and management are essential.

APDS is difficult to diagnose as symptoms vary even amongst family members with the same genetic variant.2
Since APDS was only recently fully characterized and shares many features of other immune disorders, patients with APDS may have been previously misdiagnosed with other conditions.5

Signs & Symptoms

Signs and symptoms of APDS start in childhood, and patients are vulnerable to repeat infections and immune dysregulation such as lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, autoimmune cytopenias, and even lymphoma.12

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Common Misdiagnosis

Patients are often misdiagnosed with other immunodeficiencies or autoimmune disorders and have a protracted course to obtain a correct diagnosis.7

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Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is the only way to definitively diagnose APDS and many other primary immunodeficiencies, which may require targeted management.8-10

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Family Testing

APDS is inherited in an autosomal dominant manner. Other family members may be affected, yet present with varying symptoms.2
Genetic testing of family members is recommended.

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*PASLI, p110 delta activating mutation causing senescent T cells, lymphadenopathy, and immunodeficiency.

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  2. Lucas CL, Kuehn HS, Zhao F, et al. Dominant-activating germline mutations in the gene encoding the PI(3)K catalytic subunit p110δ result in T cell senescence and human immunodeficiency. Nat Immunol. 2014;15(1):88-97. doi:10.1038/ni.2771
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