immunodeficiency

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immunodeficiency

a deficiency in or breakdown of a person's immune system

immunodeficiency

[¦im·yə‚nō·də′fish·ən·sē]
(immunology)
Any defect of antibody function or cell-mediated immunity.
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In the study, cord blood products were used to treat 120 pediatric patients with hemoglobinopathies, congenital immunodeficiency syndromes and other non-malignant diseases.
congenital immunodeficiency, HIV infection [vaccinate as close to diagnosis as possible when CD4 cell counts are highest], leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma, Hodgkin disease, generalized malignancy, or organ or bone marrow transplantation); chemotherapy with alkylating agents, antimetabolites, or long-term systemic corticosteroids; and cochlear implants.
In case of congenital immunodeficiency (Di Georges syndrome) due to congenital thymic hypoplasia--a rare birth defect where the baby is born without a working thymus--only human fetal thymus transplant can provide a cure.

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