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X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Duncan disease
- EBV infection, severe, susceptibility to
- Epstein Barr virus infection, familial fatal
- Lymphoproliferative disease, X-linked
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X-linked lymphoproliferative syndrome (XLP) is an immune system disorder that is found almost exclusively in males. Individuals with XLP have an increased risk of infection because their body cannot properly regulate the number of immune system cells (lymphocytes) and blood cells. Humans have two main types of lymphocytes, B cells and T cells, which work together to clear infections and keep the immune system in check. Individuals with XLP lack the proper regulation between B cells and T cells and are therefore unable to affectively destroy invading viruses, such as the usually harmless Epstein-Barr virus (EBV). Typically, XLP patients do not display severe symptoms of a compromised immune system until they have been exposed to EBV. EBV infections, however, are common and can become life-threatening in people with XLP resulting in symptoms that include fever, hepatitis, an enlarged spleen, abnormally low numbers of antibodies, and, in some cases, lymphoma and other blood disorders. XLP is caused by mutations in the SH2D1A gene which makes a protein SAP, a key regulator in immunity, as well as the XIAP gene  XLP is inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern.
Last updated: 5/6/2013
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