Adenosine deaminase severe combined immunodeficiency (ADA-SCID) is a life-threatening disease that usually attacks children. Treatments may be able to help improve this condition, and those who receive treatment before the infection occurs can live healthy, long lives.
Everyone carries an ADA gene. When you have ADA deficiency, you have a glitch in yours. As a consequence, your body does not produce enough of a particular tool known as an enzyme, which aids in the protection of your white blood cells. You can quickly become infected if you don’t have such protection.
Moreover, when your baby is born with ADA deficiency, he/she will almost certainly be diagnosed with SCID before the age of six months. If the condition develops later in life, the symptoms may be milder.
You can control your symptoms and avoid infections with proper treatment. If left untreated, the body’s ability to fight infections, which can be fatal, deteriorates.