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Educational paper: The expanding clinical and immunological spectrum of severe combined immunodeficiency

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Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is one of the most severe forms of primary immunodeficiency characterized by absence of functional T lymphocytes. It is a paediatric emergency, which is life-threatening when recognized too late. The clinical presentation varies from the classical form of SCID through atypical SCID to Omenn syndrome. In addition, there is a considerable immunological variation, which can hamper the diagnosis. In this educational review, we describe the immunopathological background, clinical presentations and diagnostic process of SCID, as well as the therapeutic possibilities.

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Author(s): van der Burg M, Gennery AR

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: European Journal of Pediatrics

Year: 2011

Volume: 170

Issue: 5

Pages: 561-571

Print publication date: 01/05/2011

ISSN (print): 0340-6199

ISSN (electronic): 1432-1076

Publisher: SPRINGER


DOI: 10.1007/s00431-011-1452-3