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#1 DnDer

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 09:49 AM

They *sound* the same, in the context of a sentence... But I was just wondering if any of the BC people who do medicine in real life know if there's a specific difference?

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Posted 03 June 2009 - 10:54 AM

There are serious consequences when the immune system is compromised. Three known disorders are allergies, severe combined immunodeficiency (T and B cells are not present or functional), and HIV/AIDS (severe decrease in the number of Helper T cells).


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Posted 03 June 2009 - 09:00 PM

"Immunocompromised", definition here: http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=21059 is medical jargon.

"Compromised Immune system" means the same thing but is in language for a more general audience.

"Immunocompromised" should not be confused with "immunodeficiency" The former refers to any immune system that is under par for any number of reasons. In my case, lack of sleep and overwork can cause a compromised immune system. "Immunodeficiency is a subset of "immunocompromised". Feline leukemia is an example of an illness that can cause immunodeficiency.

Think of the difference between dogs and beagles. A beagle is a dog, but a dog isn't necessarily a beagle.

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Posted 04 June 2009 - 07:58 AM

Think of the difference between dogs and beagles. A beagle is a dog, but a dog isn't necessarily a beagle.


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