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Dr. Javier Chinen
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Immune Deficiency (Overview)

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.


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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
96 doctors shared insights

Immune Deficiency (Overview)

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.


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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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What is the treatment for immune deficiency (iga)?

What is the treatment for immune deficiency (iga)?

Good hygiene: There is no medication or treatment for IgA deficiency. You must use good hygiene and hand washing to avoid infection. ...Read more

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14 month old always sick . In daycare for 5 months. She gets better a 2 days later she's sick again. On and off for 3 months. Is it immune deficiency?

14 month old always sick . In daycare for 5 months. She gets better a 2 days later she's sick again. On and off for 3 months. Is it immune deficiency?

Doubtful: Children in day care facilities are being exposed to each and every virus that their playmates are carrying and this actually provides them with progressive stimulation and activation of immune processes. If you really feel that there is something seriously wrong your pediatrician can easily evaluate for specific immune defects, but really doubt that these are present. Best wishes. ...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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How to help someone with immune deficiency to prevent infection?

How to help someone with immune deficiency to prevent infection?

Education: Different measures are indicated according to the type and degree of immunodeficiency. All immunodeficient patients should avoid contact with obviously sick individuals. Washing hands and avoiding crowded environments. Antibiotic in prophylaxis doses are a common indication for some conditions. Antibody replacemtns is indicated for those with proven antibody deficiency. ...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?

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

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How do you get an immune deficiency?

Mostly genetic: Rarely acquired.. And then congenital, means at birth. ...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