immunodeficiency

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immunodeficiency

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

[¦im·yə‚nō·də′fish·ən·sē]
(immunology)
Any defect of antibody function or cell-mediated immunity.
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In the United States, we can assume that in addition to the surviving number of baby boomers born with low birthweight, there may be an equivalent number whose radiation-induced damage took other forms, so that a significant number of baby boomers, perhaps one-third, now make up a disproportionate segment of the swelling ranks of those who are mentally ill, permanently unemployed, homeless, in prison, on drugs or ill with AIDS and other immune deficiency diseases, such as chronic fatigue, toxic shock, tuberculosis, etc.
* Biofusion, based in Torrance, Calif., serving patients requiring subcutaneous immune globulin and IV Immune globulin (IVIG) for autoimmune and primary immune deficiency diseases.
Some of these disorders are inherited congenitally, leading to the growing list of primary immune deficiency diseases (PIDDs), a set of diseases distinguished from acquired syndromes or those occurring secondary to known sequelae.
"Children who suffer from immune deficiency diseases, such as HIV or similar congenital diseases, or those who are allergic to vaccines, should avoid this vaccination," he added.
The guidelines stress that atopic dermatitis is a clinical diagnosis that requires ruling out contact dermatitis, cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, psoriasis, photosensitivity reactions, seborrheic dermatitis, and immune deficiency diseases. At this time, no specific biomarkers can be recommended for the diagnosis of atopic dermatitis or assessment of its severity.

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