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Why is severe combined immunodeficiency pt called "bubble boy"?

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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
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In brief: Houston patient

In the late 70's early 80's when not much could be done for scid, nasa designed the most sterile environment for a patient in houston, to avoid infections.
Included was a space suit like. It worked relatively well. It was a 'bubble'. Social and psychological issues were significant however, and a matter of controversy. With bone marrow transplant advances, this extreme isolation is not needed.

In brief: Houston patient

In the late 70's early 80's when not much could be done for scid, nasa designed the most sterile environment for a patient in houston, to avoid infections.
Included was a space suit like. It worked relatively well. It was a 'bubble'. Social and psychological issues were significant however, and a matter of controversy. With bone marrow transplant advances, this extreme isolation is not needed.
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