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Dr. Javier Chinen
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Immune Deficiency (Overview)

Immunodeficiency disorders occur when the body's immune response is reduced or absent.


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

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

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. ...Read more

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Dr. Javier Chinen
92 doctors shared insights

Immune Deficiency (Overview)

Immunodeficiency disorders occur when the body's immune response is reduced or absent.


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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

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What are the symptoms of immune deficiency?

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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How is humoral immune deficiency diagnosed? What are the implications and treatments?

Immunodeficiency : Humoral or antibody deficiency occurs when there is a poor production of antibodies either in quantity or in quality, thus predispose the subjects to infections, predominantly bacterial infections. Depending on the severity of the deficiency and of the infections, treatment can be either antibiotic prophylaxis or immunoglobulin replacement. We allergist/immunologist treat those conditions. ...Read more

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How to determine immune deficiency, is there a test that generally indicates this? Specifically what is it? Thankyou

How to determine immune deficiency, is there a test that generally indicates this? Specifically what is it? Thankyou

Not A test: There is not one but several tests to determine immune deficiency and if you`re concerned your doctor is best qualified to order the particular ones. ...Read more

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Immunologist agreed I have malar rash. How is lupus dx'd since we can't rely on antibody or inflammatory tests w my immune deficiency and steroid tx?

Immunologist agreed I have malar rash.  How is lupus dx'd since we can't rely on antibody or inflammatory tests w my immune deficiency and steroid tx?

Management/workup: The initial workup will include renal function testing and tests for circulating antibodies. Your steroid treatment may affect the tests for inflammation, moreso than autoantibodies which are still detectable even while being treated with steroids. Avoiding and treating infections, including CMV will be part of the management. I hope that this helps. ...Read more

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

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. ...Read more

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Does cystic fibrosis cause immune deficiency?

Does cystic fibrosis cause immune deficiency?

No: Cystic fibrosis is not and does not lead to immune deficiency. It causes the pulmonary secretions to be excessively sticky which leads to recurrent/persistent lung and sinus infections. ...Read more

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What specialists treat immune deficiency disorders?

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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Scids---severe combine immune deficiency syndrome. What is it and how treated?

Scids---severe combine immune deficiency syndrome. What is it and how treated?

Not enough space: Scid is an acronym for multiple immune deficiency conditions in which patients are born with severe defects in immune regulation. Some forms are passed down in families and other consist of new mutations. Treatment varies and can involve bone marrow transplants replacement with immunoglobulins or Adenosine as well as many other treatment options. Early detection and prompt treatment are important. ...Read more

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