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BACKGROUND We investigated the long-term outcome of gene therapy for severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) due to the lack of adenosine deaminase (ADA), a fatal disorder of purine metabolism and immunodeficiency. METHODS We infused autologous CD34+ bone marrow cells transduced with a retroviral vector containing the ADA gene into 10 children with SCID(More)
Patients with mutations of the recombination-activating genes (RAG) present with diverse clinical phenotypes, including severe combined immune deficiency (SCID), autoimmunity, and inflammation. However, the incidence and extent of immune dysregulation in RAG-dependent immunodeficiency have not been studied in detail. Here, we have demonstrated that patients(More)
Identification of the molecular etiologies of primary immunodeficiencies has led to important insights into the development and function of the immune system. We report here the cause of combined immunodeficiency in 4 patients from 2 different consanguineous Qatari families with similar clinical and immunologic phenotypes. The patients presented at an early(More)
Physicians caring for infants in the first months of life need to know the normal ranges for absolute lymphocyte counts (ALCs) during that age. Any ALC <2500/microL is potentially pathogenic in early infancy and should be evaluated. We report the case of a 4-month-old white girl with a 2-month history of an oral ulcer, intermittent fever, recurrent otitis,(More)
BACKGROUND The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Academy of Family Practice, and the American Academy of Pediatrics published guidelines for judicious antibiotic use: antibiotics are injudicious for the treatment of short-term purulent rhinorrhea, otitis media with effusion, and acute wheezy bronchitis. OBJECTIVE To determine(More)
We report 3 children who developed persistent antibody depletion and abnormal response to bacteriophage after rituximab treatment for autoimmune cytopenias. Whether these patients have developed immunodeficiency secondary to an underlying disease process, to rituximab, or both, is not understood. Rituximab is an efficacious drug for a number of pediatric(More)
BACKGROUND Food allergy is an increasing public health burden, and is considered among the most common chronic noncommunicable diseases in children. Proper diagnosis and management of food allergy by a health care provider is crucial in keeping affected children safe while simultaneously averting unnecessary avoidance. OBJECTIVE The rationale of the study(More)
Primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs) are several genetic disorders that alter the essential components of the immune system leading to errors in differentiation, function or both of these components.There are more than 200 reported different PID diseases with more than 140 identified gene mutations, affecting almost six million individuals globally,(More)
Eliciting proper family medical history is critical in decreasing morbidity and mortality in patients with primary immunodeficiency disorders (PIDs). Communities with a common practice of consanguinity have a high rate of PIDs. We are presenting 2 cases where digging deeply into the family medical history resulted in the diagnosis of Omenn syndrome, a(More)
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