What a LAD

Fact: There is a condition called LAD syndrome. 

Think this is a post about justifying lad culture with a medical diagnosis? Think again. LAD syndrome is something quite different.

LAD syndrome actually stands for Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency syndrome, a condition of the immune system where your white blood cells lack particular receptors. Normally when there is an infection, these receptors allow your immune cells to ‘stick’ to the walls of your blood vessels and thus be recruited into the infected tissues to fight off the infection.

Patients with LAD syndrome have fully functional immune cells but they lack these receptors and so, as they cannot ‘stick’ to the walls of the blood vessels, they cannot make their way to the site of infection. This makes them essentially useless as they endlessly circulate in the blood, while the patients get very severe infections which they cannot fight back against.

Apologies to all those who were misled into thinking this post might give you an excuse to long-arm six pints in a row in a public place.

‘Another one of Mr Shaunak’s Little Bites of Science’
Image under creative commons license

 

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