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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

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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Can you please please list the causes of immune deficiency?

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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Docs! Please name the causes of immune deficiency?

Docs! Please name the causes of immune deficiency?

Open question: immunodefiency could be primary (born with) or secondary to different causes (medications, viruses, etc), primary immunodeficiencies approach around hundred in number, all are rare, most appear in early infancy or childhood, very few appear for the first time in adulthood, try webmd if you need a more comprehensive answer ...Read more

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What is the cause of autoimmunity? I've read that it is immune deficiency, hyperstimulation,and IL 2.

What is the cause of autoimmunity? I've read that it is immune deficiency, hyperstimulation,and IL 2.

Rogue immune: This is less a hyperimmune than a rogue immune reactions causing one's own immune system to turn against one's own tissue The basic cause is likely from impaired immune regulation and not a deficiency. ...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 would cause someone to not have sufficient titers to rubella during prenatal blood work but was immunized?Immune deficiency?

What would cause someone to not have sufficient titers to rubella during prenatal blood work but was immunized?Immune deficiency?

Not uncommon: Many do show up as lacking in a "protective level" of antibody on prenatal blood work but had the vaccine in childhood. There is some question whether the protective level is set too high, and the person is immune, but risk may remain.Since the damage of rubella can be so severe, most go ahead and get a booster to be sure. ...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?

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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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