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Allergy and Immunology

At Children’s National, children affected by allergies and complex immunologic disorders benefit from our specialists’ expertise, because our doctors treat children and only children with these conditions.

Children’s National is unique in offering this focused specialization, a specialty not always available in other pediatric medical centers. Division Chief Stephen Teach, MD, MPH, and his team ensure greater access for children and teens to pediatric experts in asthma and allergies, as well as primary (inherited) and secondary (acquired) immune system disorders.

Conditions Treated
Children’s allergy and immunology teams work together because the ways in which these conditions impact the body’s systems are similar.

Our allergy team sees more than 1,500 children and teens annually with allergic disorders, including asthma, environmental allergies, eczema, and hives. The team has expertise in food allergies, including IgE-mediated food allergy, gastrointestinal food allergy, and eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorders.

Our immunology team is a national leader in treating and managing primary immunodeficiencies in infants, children, adolescents, and young adults. Each year we see patients with a wide variety of conditions, including:
• Agammaglobulinemia
• Ataxia-telangiectasia (AT)
•  Autoimmune lymphoproliferative syndrome (ALPS)
•  Chronic granulomatous disease (CGD)
•  Common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)
• Complement dificiencies
•  DiGeorge syndrome
•  Hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH)
• Hyper-IgE syndrome
• Hyper-IgM syndrome
• Hypogammaglobulinemia
• IgA deficiency
•  Leukocyte adhesion deficiency (LAD)
• Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)
• Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS)
•  X-linked agammaglobulinemia (XLA)

Division Services
We offer comprehensive diagnostic evaluation, allergy, and immune function testing. The division’s integrated team also works with each patient and family to develop an individual treatment plan to meet the different needs of every child.   

For children with severe immunodeficiencies requiring hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Children's National immunologists are also member of the Division of Blood and Marrow Transplantation who will direct care through both divisions.

Support for Families at Children’s National
We recognize that when a child is ill, it affects the entire family. As part of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, patients and their family can access additional resources through the Patient and Family Support Program. The program provides mental health and psychosocial services and resources for all patients, their parents, and siblings.

Research at Children’s National
Doctors and researchers at Children's National are advancing the field, and their work is always focused on translating research rapidly to patient care. The Division of Allergy and Immunology is dedicated to finding new and more effective therapies by participating in several clinical trials sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. To learn more about current studies and to enroll your child or teenager in a clinical trial, speak with your child’s pediatrician.

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