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Immunodeficiency Syndromes In Children
If my brother had a child with immunodeficiency at birth, should I get tested to see if my children will have it?
Depends on diagnosis: Chances of having children with a genetic condition depend on the specific genetic diagnosis. If the immunodeficient child was a boy, and the condition is x-linked, (gene defective is in chromsome x), then it is highly unlikely that the father has a similar gene defect. In all other scenarios most specific diagnosis is necessary for further counseling. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
that's when a person has a weakened immune system from whatever reason: drugs, infection, malnutrition, etc. While immunodeficiency, is when an arm of the immune system is weakened or absent, can be something primary (born with) or secondary (acquired later in life) ...Read more
Secondary immunodef: As dr. Gallant explains, only hiv-1 and hiv-2 cause aids. If you are asking what other causes are there for other aquired immune deficiencies besides hiv/aids, then there are several. A new one was just reported this week from an nih team. Sometimes these are called "other secondary immunodeficiency" rather than "other acquired immunodeficiency syndromes (aids)". See an immunologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No : For all practical purposes the answer is no, but there are other means of depleting the cd4 count, some of which are of unknown source. They can produce a similar result as hiv, and we can do this as well with some of the drugs used to treat a variety of illnesses in medical practice. But when we talk about immunodeficiency syndrome we are almost always talking about HIV disease. ...Read more
Can acquired immunodeficiency syndrome from swimming at the same time as other aids patients in the pool?
How do I find an MD who has expertise in treating CFIDS, FMS & Primary
Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or, what type of M.D. usually treats these?
Blood & skin tests: The regular screening for immune defects includes both blood levels of immune factors and tests of immune function. Some tests are rather sophisticated & are done at specialty labs. Many can start with tests at your pcp's offfice. ...Read more
No magic pill: Many people are looking for some "magic pill" to "boost their immune system". There is no such pill. However, there is a way to boost your immune system, live a healthy lifestyle. Proper diet, proper sleep- wake cycles, healthy environment, proper exercise are the foundation of good health and good immune health. Supplements should be used selectively to supplement a healthy diet. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is molluscum contagiosium and its treatment for children. Does it cure by self does it grow because of weak immune system?
A viral infection of: The skin spread by skin-to-skin contact, contact with towels, toys or clothing on which the virus resides or by sexual transmission. It can go away by itself in 6-12 months or longer, so it's best to seek treatment. It spreads by hands that touch or scratch lesions, so cover lesions with clothing or a bandage during periods of contact with others, then leave it open at night ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Impaired immune syst: That means that you have an impairment in your immune system although we will need more details to tell you what this may lead to since there are different types of immunodeficiency. Most patients present with recurrent sinus +/- lung infections but others may have more serious issues. Ask your doctor about it. ...Read more
Several gene defects: Combined immunodeficiency (cid) results from many gene defects, they have in common that the result is impairment of the cells of the immune system and also the production of antibodies. Cells and antibodies are essential to fight infections and also for surveillance of cancer cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Forms of SCID: The original question asked about scid (severe combined immunedeficiency), not cvid (common variable immunodeficiency). There are several types of scid. Scid can be transmitted by both x-linked, and autosomal recessive patterns. Patients with scid have a defect in their immune system that makes them vulnerable to deadly infections. See an immunologist if you suspect scid. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Infections and : Tumors. Immune deficiency makes a person susceptible to various infections by bacterial, viruses, fungi etc that can affect any organ system. Patients with immune deficiency are also at risk for tumors such as kaposi sarcoma, lymphoma and skin cancers. Ironically immune deficiency may also contribute to auto-immune diseases. ...Read more
Depends: Scid screening should be done very early in life -- within the first few days. This test is clinically available and looks for, or the lack of, trec's -- which are parts of dna that should be present if immune system is developing properly. If scid screen is abnl and suggests scid the immunophenotyping will be done to confirm screen and further identify genetic defect. ...Read more
SCID treatment: Highly-trained pediatric immunologists in hospital settings are generally the doctors who treat scid. A good place for you to start learning about this disorder is to go to the website of the immune deficiency foundation: www.Primaryimmune.Org or to go to the jeffrey modell centers website: www.Info4pi.Org. Your local allergist/immunologist can also refer you to the nearest facility in your area. ...Read more
Function and target: The immune system should react against substances that harm us, and should tolerate substances that do not harm us. In immunodeficiency, there is a weakness on the immune response. Infectious occur frequently and more severe. In autoimmunity, there is malfunction on the immune response, targetting our own tissues, such as our joints in rheumatoid arthritis. Both processes may occur together. ...Read more
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