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Wiskott Aldrich syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Aldrich syndrome
- Eczema thrombocytopenia immunodeficiency syndrome
- IMD 2
- Immunodeficiency 2
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Wiskott Aldrich syndrome is a condition that affects blood cells and cells of the immune system. It is seen almost exclusively in males. The condition is characterized by a tendency to bleed easily, development of an intensely itchy, scaling skin rash (eczema), and severe recurrent infections. Wiskott Aldrich syndrome is caused by mutations in the WAS gene, which is located on the X chromosome. The condition is inherited in an X-linked recessive pattern.  The leading treatment option for Wiskott Aldrich syndrome is bone marrow transplantation. Alternative treatments may include surgery to remove the spleen and other more conservative measures such as antibiotics, IVIG, and avoidance of foods which may cause allergic reactions.
- Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome. Genetics Home Reference (GHR). http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/wiskott-aldrich-syndrome. Accessed October 27, 2010.
- Primary Immunodeficiency. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). http://www.nichd.nih.gov/publications/pubs/primary_immuno.cfm. Accessed October 27, 2010.
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