Immunology is the study of the immune system, which is the body's natural defense against infection. Our Immunology team diagnoses and treats both children and adults who have primary immune deficiency disorders (PIDDs). There are more than 140 of these complex conditions. People with PIDDs are born with immune systems that are not working properly or that are missing needed parts. This makes them more open to serious infection and illness.
Seattle Children’s is one of the few places in the world where doctors are both carrying out research and providing treatment for primary immune deficiency disorders. Our experts in immunology are known around the world for their research into new ways to diagnose, treat and cure PIDDs. This allows us to use what we learn to provide the most advanced care for people with PIDDs. We work closely with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance to coordinate care for our patients who need bone marrow transplants. Our laboratory offers the newest and most thorough testing to identify these disorders and their causes.