SCID Specialty Care Center

A State-Designated SCID Specialty Care Center

Children with the rare genetic disorder severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID) have few or no T cells, the white blood cells needed to fight infections. Because they're born with little or no immunity, children with SCID are susceptible to potentially life-threatening infections. They often experience recurrent illnesses and fail to thrive.

All infants born in New York State are screened for SCID. However, many newborns who test positive during screening do not actually have the disorder, and must undergo advanced testing to confirm the diagnosis. NewYork-Presbyterian/Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital is one of only a handful of New York State–designated Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID) Specialty Care Centers. This designation indicates that we offer comprehensive diagnostic testing (including genetic testing), treatment, and follow-up care for children with SCID.

When you contact us for SCID evaluation and treatment, we offer:

  • Prompt Service: We’ll evaluate your child within 24 to 48 hours of referral.
  • Stem Cell Transplantation: Our center is one of the few SCID specialty care centers in New York State offering stem cell transplantation — the only cure for SCID.
  • Multidisciplinary Team: Our SCID Specialty Care Center includes a team of highly qualified allergists and immunologists who have specialty training in immunodeficiency syndromes, genetic counselors, hematologists with expertise in bone marrow transplantation, nurses and nurse practitioners, social workers, and other support staff to meet the needs of your child and your family.
  • Monitoring: If your child tests negative for SCID, we can continue monitoring him or her for a year, or longer if necessary.

If your child has tested positive for SCID or shows signs of another immunodeficiency, we encourage you to call us at 212-305-3331 to arrange for follow-up testing and care.

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