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Immunodeficiency Syndromes Signs
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?
My son has some spots on his torso. Look like molluscum contagiosum from my research. Is that correct. Is it a sign of immunodeficiency?
Maybe/no: You asked 2 questions.Without an exam I cannot verify whether or not your assumption that this is molluscum is correct. Papular urticaria can have a similar appearance as can other conditions. Simple skin issues are seldom an indicator of any immune issue.Molluscum and warts both make an effort to avoid the bodies immune system by living in the superficial layers of skin. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Sure, among others: Aphthous stomatitis involving the common canker sore can occur in up to 15% of americans, and may involve some bacteria like staph epidermidis. However, similar-appearing aphthous ulcers can be seen with herpes, crohn's disease, and other systemic disorders, if you have multiple aphthous ulcers or frequently recurring ones please have the lesions & and your overall health, checked out. ...Read more
Have multiple tiny warts on back of hands, top of feet and a couple dotted about body. Is it a sign of weak immune system? I'm very rarely sick.
No: you are immune competent, having those warts doesn't denote a problem with your immune system, see a dermatologist if you are looking for treatment, enjoy your health ...Read more
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
CVID: Patients with cvid frequently are prone to more respiratory infections. One is often given regular Immune Globulin injections as well. Many institutions do research and clinical trials on cvid. One such institution is the university of california, irvine school of medicine. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Good with treatment: Without treatment, severe combined immunodeficiency is lethal in infancy. If treated with a bone marrow transplantation or similar immune reconstitution, before severe infections occur, life expectancy is the same as normal individuals. Adults with scid treated in childhood have their own children. Poor organ function as a result of infections leaving scars might limit life expectancy. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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