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what is immunoglobulin used for? what is it exactly?

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Dr. Al Hegab
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Allergy and Immunology 40 years experience
Ready made antibodies: Immunoglobulins are mainly used to replace deficiency, in other words people with weakened immune systems who don't produce enough antibodies for whatever reason. Immunoglobulins are used also for other conditions to combat some immunologic problems not otherwise helped by other treatments

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there any side effects of immunoglobulin intravenous medication?

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Dr. Stephen Kimura
Allergy and Immunology 35 years experience
Possiby: Intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) is a blood product collected from donations from hundreds of individuals, so there is the theoretical possibility of typical transfusion problems i.e. Infection, reaction etc. In the U.S. However production of this product is so controlled and processing involves, detergent washing and treating the product, so it is less likely to cause problems.
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A 24-year-old member asked:

Who are the people that need to take Rh immunoglobulin?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Rh sensitization: Rh sensitization can only occur if an rh negative person is exposed to rh positive blood. This can happen with blood transfusions or from rh positive fetal blood spill-over into the mother's blood stream during delivery. Once formed, these antibodies can harm future pregnancies. If the baby's dad is rh positive, rh negative mom's should get an injection of rh antibody to stop her production.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Do foods contain immunoglobulins?

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Dr. Alex Martinez
Specializes in Allergy
Probably not...: Immunoglobulins (antibodies) are proteins used by the immune system to identify and eliminate unknown cells (like germs). They are found in body fluids like blood, tears, saliva, & breast milk. If foods are consumed raw or barely cooked, there is a chance that you are also consuming immunoglobulins from that animal. In most cases, the cooking or pasteurization process destroys these proteins.
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A 40-year-old female asked:

Recently found out, that I have an immune disease. They want to do rplacement via subq gammaglobulin...Anyone tell me how it works & side effects?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
CVI?: This is most likely common variable immunodeficiency or one of its close relatives. It's quite common. Get two physicians' opinions. If they agree, you owe it to yourself to accept this gift. Cvi patients have difficulty making one class or another of antibodies, but thankfully other people's will work fine for you.
A 38-year-old member asked:

What does a high immunoglobulin mean ?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
How high?: Minimally elevated probably not worth worrying about. Very or moderately high requires a test - serum immunoelectrophoresis - to rule-out multiple myeloma. Minimally high bears repeating twice a year.

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