Managing APDS

The management of APDS varies from patient to patient, even within affected families, and depends on the symptoms present and disease severity.1 There are no FDA approved medications for APDS.

Current treatment is symptom-based and no guidelines exist. Polypharmacy and surgical interventions are frequently necessary to treat both the immune deficiency and immune dysregulation arms of APDS.1-4

Summary: Management Landscape For APDS*

TreatmentEffect in APDSProposed mechanism of action in APDS
Antimicrobial prophylaxis- Reduction in respiratory tract infections 1
- Does not address lymphoproliferation 2
Prevention of respiratory infections1
Immunoglobulin replacement therapy (IRT)- Reduction in respiratory tract infections 1
- Does not appear to prevent herpesvirus infections or some sinopulmonary infections 2-4
- Bronchiectasis can still progress 2-4
- Does not address autoimmunity, lymphoproliferation, or lymphoma 2,3,5
Correction of antibody deficiency1
Corticosteroids- Reduction in lymphoproliferation & of autoimmune cytopenias 6-8
- Prolonged use associated with long-term toxicity 9
- Increases susceptibility to infections9
Inhibition of leukocyte activity and proliferation, particularly T cells9
Rituximab- Some benefit in the management of autoimmune cytopenias and lymphoproliferation 6,7
- May be complicated by sustained B cell lymphopenia 6
- Increases susceptibility to severe infection 10
Depletion of autoreactive B cells11
mTOR inhibitors- Reduction in lymphoproliferation1 & infections, 12 increase in IgG, 13 reduction in IRT or steroid use, 13,14 and prevention of end organ damage 12
- Effects on bowel inflammation & cytopenia are mixed 14
- Difficulty dosing, adverse events, and compliance are challenges to treatment 6,13-16
Reduction in mTOR hyperactivation1
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT)- Reduction in respiratory & herpes infections, lymphoproliferation, & autoimmunity 1
- Serious complications and complex conditioning regimens 17
- May not correct non-immunological manifestations such as kidney disease 17
- Paucity of long term data 17
Replacement of leukocytes affected by PI3Kδ
Table modified from Coulter TI, Cant AJ. Front Immunol. 2018;9:2043

* The treatments listed represent current practice as denoted in the literature. The information provided does not replace medical advice.

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  16. Schubert M, et al. Am J Transplant. 2004;4(5):767-773.
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