Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)


Severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) is an inherited condition in which the body is unable to fight off serious and life-threatening infections. The body's immune system is made up of different parts that work together to keep the body from getting sick. In a baby with SCID, certain parts of the immune system do not work properly. This puts the baby at risk of getting many infections. Children that do not get treatment for SCID rarely live past the age of two. When SCID is identified and treated before the baby gets infections, those children can live longer and healthier lives.

This condition is also known as Bubble boy syndrome.

To learn more about severe combined immunodeficiency, visit Baby's First Test: Severe combined immunodeficiency and The National Patient Organization for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases: Severe Combined Immune Deficiency. Visit Board Certified SCID/T-Cell Deficiency Providers (PDF: 2 pages/203KB) for a listing of medical specialists and clinic contact information.