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Pediatric Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID)

Key points about SCID in children

  • SCID is a disease that passed on from parents to children (inherited).
  • It is a very rare, life-threatening disease.
  • The disease causes a child to have very weak immune system.
  • The best treatment for this disease is a bone marrow transplant.
  • Parents of children with SCID should talk with a genetic counselor about genetic testing and family planning


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