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Severe combined immunodeficiency


Other Names for this Disease
  • Bubble boy disease
  • SCID
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Overview


Severe combined immunodeficiencies (SCID) are inherited immune system disorders characterized by defects in both T cells and B cells. SCID causes a high susceptibility to life-threatening infections and failure to thrive. Without treatment, people with SCID do not tend to live past early childhood. Two common types of SCID include: 

Last updated: 8/10/2011

References

  1. Learning about severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID). National Human Genome Research Institute. July 2010; http://www.genome.gov/13014325. Accessed 8/9/2011.
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  • The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is an catalog of human genes and genetic disorders. Each entry has a summary of related medical articles. It is meant for health care professionals and researchers. OMIM is maintained by Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. 
  • Orphanet is a European reference portal for information on rare diseases and orphan drugs.  Access to this database is free of charge.
  • PubMed is a searchable database of medical literature and lists journal articles that discuss Severe combined immunodeficiency. Click on the link to view a sample search on this topic.

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