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Our Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) patients are constantly supported through treatment, education and 24/7 access to clinical experts. We understand the unique needs of patients, the concerns of their caregivers and the level of communication expected from prescribers. Like many autoimmune diseases, WAS is chronic and recessive, often requiring immune globulin therapy and iron supplements to manage symptoms. We’re here to help patients cope with infections and bleeding events, and make sure their medication arrives on time, every time. Throughout therapy, we answer patients’ questions and give them the resources they need.

Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome

One of the first steps after a Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome (WAS) diagnosis is understanding the condition. The information on this site and linked sites is not meant to replace your physician’s advice, medical care or a diagnosis. If you have questions about your disease, please ask your prescriber.

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

The information contained herein may not be construed as medical advice. It is for educational purposes only. Diplomat Pharmacy Inc. takes no responsibility for the accuracy or validity of the information contained herein, nor the claims or statements of any manufacturer.

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