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how does one get immune deficiency?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Acquired, inherited: The immune system is the specialized part of our body that protects us against infections, identifying and eliminating microbes and germs that harm our body. It also helps to control tumors. A deficiency of this system can be inherited, caused by a defective gene, or most commonly acquired, caused by an infection such as HIV or measles, medications or a condition like diabetes or malnutrition.

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What sort of problem is acquired immune deficiency syndrome (a.I.D.S.)?

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Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
Dr. Marianne DiNapolianswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Decreased immunity: Aids stands for acquired immune deficiency syndrome. It is caused by HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), which can be contracted through exchange of bodily fluids such as semen, vaginal secretions, blood, and breast milk. Hiv/aids causes a progressive decline in the function of the immune system, which leave the body susceptible to life-threatening infections.
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What percentage of the U.S. population has an immune deficiency disease of some kind?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
>1 in 1200 household: A US nationwide survey of a sample of household, done by phone, estimated that 1 in 1200 household have a member with a primary immunodeficiency. The prevalence of HIV infection, the most common secondary immunodeficiency in the US is approx 4.5 per 1000 people.
A 30-year-old member asked:

How would you know if you have a immune deficiency of some sort?

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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Immune deficiencies: The most common reason to be evaluated for an immune deficiency is frequent and /or unusual infections. For instance- recurrent sino- pulmonary infections might be attributable to a b cell defect. Various neisserial infections might be due to a complement deficiency. And of course various viral or fungal infections could be due to a t cell defect.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How do you detect an immune deficiency disorder?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Medical evaluation: A clinical evaluation ireviewing the medical history and physical exam will suggest an immune deficiency, which can be confirmed by testing the presence of elements of the immune system: cells, immunoglobulins and other proteins, and immune function testing in especialized laboratories. Neonatal screening for severe immune defects affecting t cell, using the blood spots is available in a few state.
A 40-year-old member asked:

How does a person get a immune deficiency?

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Dr. David Shulan
Allergy and Immunology 41 years experience
Multiple ways: There are inherited immune deficiencies that manifest at birth or later. There can be acquired immune deficiency such as from an infectious agent as in aids, drugs can cause a temporary immunodeficiency such as used in chemotherapy for cancer or immuno-supressive drugs used for lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Malnutrition can impair your immune response. Smoking kills some defenses to infection.

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