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Gene Therapy

Significant progress achieved over the past decade has turned gene therapy into a tangible and effective approach for treating and curing primary immunodeficiencies (PIDs).

What is Gene Therapy?

Gene therapy, akin to a ‘mini gene transplant,’ involves extracting stem cells from patients with primary immunodeficiency (PID), replacing the defective genes within these cells with healthy and fully functional genes, and reintroducing the gene-corrected cells back into the patient’s body. This process enables the cells to generate the necessary cells or proteins essential for …

Thymus Transplantation for congenital absence of the thymus (athymia)

The Significance of the Thymus Gland

Situated in the upper chest, just in front of the heart, the thymus gland is a vital organ. Its importance lies in facilitating the normal development of specific white blood cells known as T-cells. Stem cells, originating in the bone marrow, migrate to the thymus, where they undergo maturation into functional T cells capable of combating infections. T-cells are pivotal components of the immune system, making the thymus instrumental in instructing the immune system to safeguard the body against the everyday germs in our environment.

Bone Marrow Transplantation

Bone marrow transplantation (BMT) stands as a cure for numerous primary immunodeficiency (PID) conditions. Over the past two decades, significant strides have been made in enhancing success and survival rates, expanding the spectrum of treatable conditions through BMT.

What is Bone Marrow?

Bone marrow, located at the core of bones, is the soft, spongy tissue crucial for generating three vital blood cell types: red blood cells, white blood cells (integral to the immune system), and platelets. Stem cells, the initial form of these cells, undergo maturation within the bone marrow before being …

Antibiotics and Immunodeficiency

Antibiotics play a crucial role in managing and treating bacterial infections. This information is intended for individuals with primary immunodeficiency (PID) or secondary immunodeficiency (SID) and their caregivers. It aims to advocate for the safe and effective utilization of antibiotics and addresses some commonly asked questions.

Understanding Antibiotics

Antibiotics are medications designed to combat infections instigated by bacteria, a particular category of microorganisms responsible for illnesses. Their mechanism involves either eradicating the bacteria or impeding their growth. …

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How People with Immunodeficiency Can Still Safely Enjoy Vaping

Navigating the world of vaping can be a complex journey, especially for those with immunodeficiency concerns. However, understanding the nuances can help individuals enjoy vaping safely and confidently. When exploring options, considering reputable brands offering eLiquid Canada can provide peace of mind regarding quality and safety standards.
Let’s delve into the key aspects and considerations for those with immunodeficiency who are interested in vaping.
Understanding Immunodeficiency

Malea Wilson – Navigating My Journey Through PI Treatment

Meet Malea Wilson, a dedicated teacher, IgCares Patient Educator, and someone navigating the challenges of living with primary immunodeficiency (PI). Read on to explore her journey through PI treatment.

A Childhood Shadowed by Persistent Illness

I was that child who seemed to catch every bug, consistently bringing home various illnesses. My mom would take me to the doctor, and the response was often, “She’s just a kid; kids get sick. It’s just an ear infection. It’s just strep.” From frequent ear infections as an infant to the removal of my tonsils and adenoids …

Bryan Hemingway: Individual with CVID and Extreme Unicyclist

Hello, I’m Bryan, and I’ve been navigating life with Common Variable Immunodeficiency (CVID), specifically dealing with Hypogammaglobulinemia (a mouthful, isn’t it?). Rather than delving into the general implications (you can always look that up if you’re curious), I’d like to share how CVID has shaped my journey, offering insights into how I manage its impact on my life. My intention is to pay forward the invaluable guidance, hope, and inspiration I’ve received from fellow CVID individuals. There’s one person, whom I encountered briefly in the hospital, whose influence on my life remains …

Laurel Cherwin — Exploring My Treatment Preferences

Get to know Laurel Cherwin, a patient with Primary Immunodeficiency (PI), advocate, and Clinical Nurse Educator at Octapharma. Join her as she delves into her insights on the tradeoffs in infusion modes of administration, personal preferences, and important considerations when contemplating a change in treatment.

Laurel’s Background

Providing some context, my journey with Primary Immunodeficiency (PI) started with a diagnosis at the age of 49. Battling recurrent ear, sinus, respiratory, skin, and urinary tract infections, coupled with systemic inflammation, I also faced the challenge of…