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Why is severe combined immunodeficiency called bubble boy disease?

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Dr. Manav Singla
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: It really happened..

Scid (severe combined immunodef) is a life threatening condition that leaves a child with essentially no functioning immune system. They can die from infections.
There was a child born in the 1970s whose father had connections at nasa. They were able to create a sterile environment for him (bubble) and a space suit for him to go "outside". He eventually died of complications. David vetter.

In brief: It really happened..

Scid (severe combined immunodef) is a life threatening condition that leaves a child with essentially no functioning immune system. They can die from infections.
There was a child born in the 1970s whose father had connections at nasa. They were able to create a sterile environment for him (bubble) and a space suit for him to go "outside". He eventually died of complications. David vetter.
Dr. Manav Singla
Dr. Manav Singla
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Dr. Javier Chinen
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma
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In brief: Travolta movie

In the late 70's, one child with scid was placed in a sterile plastic environment developed by nasa.
This experience was used to develop a movie story first protagonized by john travolta, and was called the bubble boy. Though not 100% accurate, it has helped to bring awareness to this disease.

In brief: Travolta movie

In the late 70's, one child with scid was placed in a sterile plastic environment developed by nasa.
This experience was used to develop a movie story first protagonized by john travolta, and was called the bubble boy. Though not 100% accurate, it has helped to bring awareness to this disease.
Dr. Javier Chinen
Dr. Javier Chinen
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