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What percentage of the U.S. population has an immune deficiency disease of some kind?

What percentage of the U.S. population has an immune deficiency disease of some kind?

>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. ...Read more

Dr. Javier Chinen
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Immune Deficiency (Definition)

Immune deficiency simply means that there is an impairment in your immune system. You may have a decrease in the quantity of antibody (ies) or immune cells or impaired immune response (quality) to many or just a few foreign invaders. The severity varies as are the actual sites of the defects. Frequent infections are the most common presentation (sinus, pulmonary). ...Read more


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Can you tell me if I were to mention immune deficiency, what diseases would you immediately think of?

Can you tell me if I were to mention immune deficiency, what diseases would you immediately think of?

Immunodificiency: Acquired immunodeficiency would be HIV infection where the virus kills your t lymphocytes. Primary immunodeficiencies diseases are many depending on which immune cells are affected. They are due to genetic mutations in one of the steps that immune cells develop or the process of making cytokines. You can get examples of those diseases by visiting www. Primaryimmune. Org. ...Read more

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Can there be other immune deficiency diseases besides aids?

Can there be other immune deficiency diseases besides aids?

There are many: There are well over 100 hereditary / genetic deficiencies in components of the immune system. Illnesses from malnutrition to cushing's suppress immunity. Different cellular components may become depleted in a host of illness or as a result of medication. ...Read more

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How do you detect an immune deficiency disorder?

How do you detect an immune deficiency disorder?

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. ...Read more

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How can I know if I have an immune deficiency disorder?

How can I know if I have an immune deficiency disorder?

See an immunologist: There are certain warning signs, like multiple ear/sinus/skin infections each year, multiple pneumonias in our lifetime, requiring prolonged antibiotics to clear infections, or a family history of immunodeficiency. A clinical immunologist can perform special tests to determine if your immune system is working properly. They can also determine proper treatment if a deficiency is found. ...Read more

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What is the best way to detect immune deficiency disorder?

What is the best way to detect immune deficiency disorder?

Multiple tests: A person with frequent or unusual infections needs to be investigated for immune deficiency. The deficiency may be of immunoglobulins or cellular immunity or both. Tests for the two are markedly different and beyond the scope of a 400 character answer. ...Read more

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When can you first detect immune deficiency disorder? What age?

When can you first detect immune deficiency disorder? What age?

At birth, prenatal: In families with an affected member who has a gene defect, this gene can be tested prenatally. Newborn screen for t cell deficiencies has been implemented in 10 states. Studies of the immune system can be done at any age if there is an immune deficiency is suspected. ...Read more

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Is there a homeopatic treatment for immune deficiency disorder?

Is there a homeopatic treatment for immune deficiency disorder?

No: Pt with primary immune deficiency pidd have defects in their immune system that do not allow then to fight infections. Pidd is a very serious disease and must be taken very seriously. Pidd can kill. A great resource www. Primaryimmune. Org. ...Read more

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Where are immune deficiency disorders located in the body?

Everywhere: Some immune disorders lead to more upper respiratory infections, or more skin infections, for example. This is because the different defects in the immune system makes you unable to fight those particular types of infections. But, the cells, antibodies, and proteins of the immune system are basically produced in the bone marrow and travel throughout your body. So you could be affected anywhere. ...Read more

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Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a possible immune deficiency disorder?

Hi Doctors. How do I know if I have a possible immune deficiency disorder?

Frequent infections: Immune deficiencies typically present with frequent infections. The types of infections determine which part of the immune system to evaluate with testing. Some immune deficiencies have associated symptoms/findings in addition to the frequent infections. ...Read more

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What specialists treat immune deficiency disorders?

Allergy/immunology: Allergy/immunologist are best trained to diagnose and treat immune deficiency. However, since primary immunodeficiencies are rare, the specialist are generally in academic centers. Acquired immunodeficiencies such as HIV infection are commonly also managed by infectious disease specialists. ...Read more

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How does one get immune deficiency?

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. ...Read more

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How do you detect immune deficiency?

How do you detect immune deficiency?

Various tests: Lab tests for igg/iga is one test that can detect an immune deficiency, but there are many immune deficiencies which exist, many of which cannot be detected with an igg/iga alone. See an immunologist for an immune evaluation if you have many frequent serious infections. ...Read more

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What is a humoral immune deficiency?

What is a humoral immune deficiency?

Humoral Deficiency: Humoral immunodeficiency is a deficiency of circulating antibodies. ...Read more

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What is defined as an immune deficiency?

Poor defenses: 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, or a condition like diabetes or malnutrition. ...Read more

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How does a person get a immune deficiency?

How does a person get a immune deficiency?

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. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of immune deficiency?

Infections: Pt with immune deficiencies typically present with recurrent or unusual infections. The range of pidd varies from relatively minor to life threatening medical emergency. Check www. Primmaryimmune. Org for some really good information on pidd. ...Read more

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What causes acute immune deficiency syndrome?

HIV: I think you mean "acquired, " not "acute." the cause is HIV infection. ...Read more