Immune Deficiencies There are many different immune system deficiencies that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) X-linked Agammaglobulinemia
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)
Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) What is severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)? SCID is a group of very rare, life-threatening diseases that are present at birth. The disease causes the child to have very little or no immune system. As a result, the child's body is unable to fight off infections. This disease process is also known as the "boy in the bubble" syndrome, because living in the normal environment can prove fatal to these children. Children with this rare, inherited disease become ver...
All About the Immune System
All About the Immune System What is the immune system? The purpose of the immune system is to keep infectious microorganisms, such as certain bacteria, viruses, and fungi, out of the body, and to destroy any infectious microorganisms that do invade the body. The immune system is made up of a complex and vital network of cells and organs that protect the body from infection. Click Image to Enlarge The organs involved with the immune system are called the lymphoid organs, which affect growth, development,...
Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID)
Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID) What is common variable immunodeficiency (CVID)? CVID is an immunodeficiency disorder characterized by a low level of antibodies, making it difficult for the child's body to fight diseases. The child then becomes sick with recurrent infections. The disease may become evident during infancy, childhood, puberty, or even later into adulthood. The symptoms of the disease are very different for each child affected, which is why it is called a "variable" group of disord...
Immune Disorders There are many different immune disorders that require clinical care by a physician or other healthcare professional. Listed in the directory below are some, for which we have provided a brief overview. All About the Immune System Immune Deficiencies
X-linked Agammaglobulinemia What is X-linked agammaglobulinemia? X-linked agammaglobulinemia, also called Bruton's agammaglobulinemia or congenital agammaglobulinemia, was the first immunodeficiency disease ever identified. "X-linked" means that the gene which causes this agammaglobulinemia is located on the X chromosome, and therefore primarily affects males because it is unlikely that females will have two altered copies of the gene. The disease causes the child to be unable to produce antibodies that...