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:
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.