IPEX Syndrome

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Immune Dysregulation Polyendocrinopathy Enteropathy X-linked (IPEX) is a disorder that can be passed on from parent to child (genetic). People with IPEX lack a type of white blood cell that regulates the immune system, the body's natural defense against disease. Without the regulating white blood cell, the immune system can attack parts of the body itself. This can cause diarrhea, rash and sometimes diabetes.

The medical team at Seattle Children's, an SCCA parent organization, has a long history of successfully caring for children and teens who have leukemia. 

Cancer Care Success Rates

Read about Seattle Children's success rates for treating pediatric cancers.

If your child's condition requires a bone marrow transplant, you should know that the Fred Hutchinson Transplant program at SCCA was ranked first in outcomes in a four-year study by the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) that measured one-year survival rates of patients among 122 transplant centers in the United States. The Hutchinson Center pioneered the use of bone marrow transplants as a treatment for blood diseases over 40 years ago. Since then thousands of patients with leukemia have come from around the world to receive bone marrow transplants at SCCA. Bone marrow transplants have transformed leukemia and related cancers, once thought incurable, into highly treatable diseases with survival rates as high as 80 percent.