Learn More About Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

Overview

Learn More About Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

One of the first steps after a Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) diagnosis is understanding the condition. Diplomat is here to help.

But remember: The information here — and on linked sites — is not meant to replace advice, care, or a diagnosis from your physician. If you have questions about your condition, please ask your provider.

Overview

Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome is an X-linked recessive trait that can affect the patient’s ability to form blood clots and their susceptibility to autoimmune disease.

Inability to form blood clots is due to a diminished platelet count and platelets that are smaller than normal. This can lead to easy bruising or excessive bleeding.

Susceptibility to autoimmune disease and infection is a result of white blood cells not functioning properly in WAS patients.

Common symptoms of WAS include eczema; prolonged nosebleeds; bruises or bleeding in the skin, bowels and gums; and respiratory infections, including sinusitis and pneumonia.

While it isn’t clear how many people are affected by WAS, it is extremely rare, occurring in somewhere between one and 10 males per million. It is even more rare in females.

Sources

Immune Deficiency Foundation

Genetics Home Reference

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

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