Which activity 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, activity is limited only by any infections that may develop secondary to the immune deficiency; the disease itself does not require limitation of physical activity.

Infants with any form of SCID are isolated to decrease the risk of common viral and bacterial infections. Avoidance of crowds in such places as stores, doctors’ offices, and hospitals is important, along with customary hygiene practices, like strict handwashing. The earlier practice of putting patients in reverse isolation (ie, in a “bubble”) with such precautions as special diets is no longer advocated.


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