What Is SCID


Eli


“Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID, pronounced “skid”) is a serious primary immunodeficiency disease (PI) in which there is combined absence of T lymphocyte and B lymphocyte function. SCID is fatal without a stem cell transplant or corrective gene therapy. There are at least 13 different genetic defects that can cause SCID. These defects lead to extreme susceptibility to very serious infections. This condition is generally considered to be one of the most serious forms of PI. Fortunately, effective treatments, such as hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (bone marrow transplant), exist that can” treat “the disorder, and the future holds the promise of gene therapy for some types.”

For more information on ‘What Is SCID” I recommend you visit the very detailed website that was developed by the Immune Deficiency Foundation and a team of partners. It can be found at: https://primaryimmune.org/scid-compass

 

source:  Immune Deficiency Foundation “Patient & Family Handbook.”