Early SCID identification improved survival after HSCT

  • July 30, 2014

Patients with severe combined immunodeficiency demonstrated improved survival when they underwent hematopoietic-cell transplantation at a younger age, before the onset of infection or after the infection resolved, according results of a retrospective analysis.

“Survival is much, much better if infants undergo transplant before they turn 3.5 months old and before they contract any [severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)]-related infections,” Sung-Yun Pai, MD, a pediatric hematologist-oncologist at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Center, said in a press release. “The best way to identify patients that early when there is no family history of SCID is through newborn screening.”Full Story »

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