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Why is newborn screening essential for severe combined immunodeficiency:?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
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In brief: Early treatment

Early detection of scid will permit early treatment to avoid life threatening complications.
A baby with scid is born with transient immunity from mom from the placenta. However, this material disappears leaving baby at risk for invasion infections. Scid babies will not develope antibodies to germs and fight them off.Early detection allows for treatment to avoid catastrophic illness.

In brief: Early treatment

Early detection of scid will permit early treatment to avoid life threatening complications.
A baby with scid is born with transient immunity from mom from the placenta. However, this material disappears leaving baby at risk for invasion infections. Scid babies will not develope antibodies to germs and fight them off.Early detection allows for treatment to avoid catastrophic illness.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
1 doctor agrees

In brief: For higher survival

Children with severe combined immunodeficiency (scid) without treatment die of infections.
Isolation helps to reduce infection, but is not practical (bubble boy). Current treatment is bone marrow transplant, if done before 3.5 months of age, survival after this treatment increase from 70 to 96%. Cost to society due to treatment of severe infections gets reduced significantly.

In brief: For higher survival

Children with severe combined immunodeficiency (scid) without treatment die of infections.
Isolation helps to reduce infection, but is not practical (bubble boy). Current treatment is bone marrow transplant, if done before 3.5 months of age, survival after this treatment increase from 70 to 96%. Cost to society due to treatment of severe infections gets reduced significantly.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Dr. Javier Chinen
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