Which dietary modifications are used in the treatment of severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID)?

Updated: Apr 28, 2021
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Harumi Jyonouchi, MD  more...
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In general, no dietary limitations are necessary. However, the presence of chronic diarrhea and failure to thrive requires consultation with gastroenterology and nutrition.

Parenteral or enteral nutritional supplementation is often necessary to ensure adequate intake of calories, nutrients, and vitamins. Undernutrition decreases the success rate for stem cell reconstitution and increases the risk of opportunistic infections.


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