Severe combined immunodeficiency
Other Names for this Disease
- Bubble boy disease
immune system disorders characterized by abnormalities with responses of both T cells and B cells (specific types of white blood cells needed for immune system function). Common signs and symptoms include an increased susceptibility to infections including ear infections; pneumonia or bronchitis; oral thrush; and diarrhea. Due to recurrent infections, affected children do not grow and gain weight as expected (failure to thrive). SCID may be caused by mutations in any of several genes and can be inherited in an X-linked recessive (most commonly) or autosomal recessive manner. The most effective treatment is transplantation of blood-forming stem cells from the bone marrow of a healthy person. Without treatment, affected children rarely live past the age of two.Severe combined immunodeficiencies (SCID) are inherited
Last updated: 5/27/2014
- Learning About Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID). NHGRI. December 27, 2013; http://www.genome.gov/13014325. Accessed 5/27/2014.
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- The American Society of Gene & Cell Therapy provides information on the treatment of immunodeficiency diseases.
- Genetics Home Reference (GHR) contains information on Severe combined immunodeficiency. This website is maintained by the National Library of Medicine.
- The National Human Genome Research Institute's (NHGRI) mission encompasses a broad range of studies aimed at understanding the structure and function of the human genome and its role in health and disease. Click on the link to view the information page on this topic.
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) is a federation of more than 130 nonprofit voluntary health organizations serving people with rare disorders. Click on the link to view information on this topic.
- The Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM) is a 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.
- Kaufman, et al. Cerebral Lymphoma in an Adenosine Deaminase-Deficient Patient With Severe Combined Immunodeficiency Receiving Polyethylene Glycol-Conjugated Adenosine Deaminase. Pediatrics 2005;116:e876-e879.
- The Social Security Administration has included this condition in their Compassionate Allowances Initiative. This initiative speeds up the processing of disability claims for applicants with certain medical conditions that cause severe disability. More information about Compassionate Allowances and applying for Social Security disability is available online.