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How does one get immune deficiency?

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

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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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?

What causes acute immune deficiency syndrome?

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

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How can I help someone with immune deficiency?

How can I help someone with immune deficiency?

Avoid infections: This is a complex issue, as immune deficiencies have many different causes and severities. In general, people with immune deficiencies should avoid contact with sick persons and practice good hand hygiene, and the patient and all close contacts should be up to date on their vaccinations. For questions regarding a specific immune deficiency syndrome, see or speak to a clinical immunologist. ...Read more

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How to help someone with an immune deficiency?

How to help someone with an immune deficiency?

It's complicated : The best way for you (as a friend) to help someone with an immune deficiency is to help them find an immunologist who treats these disorders. What we do for the patients is to manage their infections as quickly as possible, try to identify which immune abnormality they have, and sometimes treat them with antibody replacement (ivig), gene therapy or bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of an immune deficiency?

Infections: Immunodeficiency presents with recurrent infections. When these infections occur, the type of infection, the bug responsible for the infection and the frequency of infection helps the clinician understand the type of immunodeficiency. ...Read more

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What is a cellular immune deficiency syndrome?

Very ill: Patients (usually children) are very ill with frequent infections. Primary immunodeficiency (pi) causes children and adults to have infections that come back frequently or are unusually hard to cure. See 10 warning signs of primary immune deficiency http://www.Info4pi.Org/aboutpi/pdf/general10warningsignsfinal.Pdf. ...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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What is cellular immune deficiency syndrome like?

What is cellular immune deficiency syndrome like?

Severe infections: Such a term is not commonly used. Immune deficiency conditions may involved different components of the immune system. The cellular components are diverse and include lymphocytes, granulocytes and monocytes/macrophages. When deficient, severe infections occur, other problems such as cancers also occur in these conditions. A clinical immunologist/allergist should evaluate the immune system. ...Read more

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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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Can you please please list the causes of immune deficiency?

You need to read!: Immune deficiency is, in general, reduced activity of the immune system. It can be primary, in which part or all the systems of the immune system are deficient or malfunction; it can be secondary, in diseases such as aids, but also after removal of spleen, diabetes, old age and kidney failure. Go to www.Aaaai.Org or www.Primaryimmune.Org, or www.Niaid.Nih.Gov to learn more. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Immune deficiency?

What is the definition or description of: Immune deficiency?

Immune defect: 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) . Many studies in progress. ...Read more

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What is immune deficiency and what are the classic symptoms?

Severe infections: The immune system main role is to protect our body from infections, and also from tumors. When there is a deficiency, infections come often and are more severe. The symptoms are from the infections. If there is no infection, there are no symptoms. Some immune defciencies are of regulation, in those cases, parts of our body is harmed by our own immunity, this is called autoimmunity, as in lupus. ...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