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Dr. Lonnie Smith
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Intravenous Immunoglobulin (Overview)

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a way to provide antibodies to children with documented immune deficiencies and to treat other problems involving the immune system, such as Kawasaki disease. It has also been suggested as a treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders based on the idea that fetal brain development is related to the prenatal immune response, but there is little data to support this use


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Why do they give ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin)?

Why do they give ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin)?

Immune Deficiency: Allergists use ivig to treat patients whose immune system is no longer capable of producing sufficient amounts of ivig. ...Read more

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Dr. Lonnie Smith
18 doctors shared insights

Intravenous Immunoglobulin (Overview)

Intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) is a way to provide antibodies to children with documented immune deficiencies and to treat other problems involving the immune system, such as Kawasaki disease. It has also been suggested as a treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders based on the idea that fetal brain development is related to the prenatal immune response, but there is little data to support this use


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Can anyone experienced with ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin) describe what one should expect?

Can anyone experienced with ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin) describe what one should expect?

General well tolerat: Ivig is a blood product that, in allergy, is used to treat those with immunodeficiency or a lack of igg ( that is the IG part of ivig). This is generally a well tolerated infusion but one can experience local discomfort from the insertion of the needle to infuse the ivig. Rarely, systemic reactions can occur including headache, nausea, hives and others. ...Read more

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Is intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) very effective for treating ulcerative colitis?

Not proven.: There are no studies in humans proving that ivig is effective for ulcerative colitis. There is one animal study that i could find that showed possible therapeutic benefit. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects of immunoglobulin intravenous medication?

Is there any side effects of immunoglobulin intravenous medication?

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. ...Read more

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Why do they give ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin)?

Immune Deficiency: Allergists use ivig to treat patients whose immune system is no longer capable of producing sufficient amounts of ivig. ...Read more

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Can anyone experienced with ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin) describe what one should expect?

General well tolerat: Ivig is a blood product that, in allergy, is used to treat those with immunodeficiency or a lack of igg ( that is the IG part of ivig). This is generally a well tolerated infusion but one can experience local discomfort from the insertion of the needle to infuse the ivig. Rarely, systemic reactions can occur including headache, nausea, hives and others. ...Read more

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Does intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) infusions benefit someone with IgG defiency?

Possibly: If you are deficient and symptomatic (recurrent infections), they can possibly help your body fight infections better. Just because you have an igg deficiency does not mean your are immune deficient, however. Many people with low numbers have normal function and really are asymptomatic. ...Read more

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Does intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) infusions help someone with IgG defiency?

Primary reason: Ivig has many clinical uses but its primary use is to augment resistance to infections in patients with igg deficiency - either hypogammaglobulinemia or combined variable immunodeficiency (cvid). ...Read more

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Can Intravenous Immunoglobulin or IVIG really cure Neuropathy and neuromuscular disorders?

Can Intravenous Immunoglobulin or IVIG really cure Neuropathy and neuromuscular disorders?

IVIG treatment: IVIG is helpful for curing a condition called AIDP, or Guillain Barre syndrome, which is a type of neuropathy. It's cousin, CIDP, is treated by IVIG, but it is not cured. Myasthenia gravis is a condition that causes weakness. It is also treated with IVIG, but it is not cured. Few illnesses can be cured in neurology, but many can be treated. ...Read more

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Is intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) useful for treating ulcerative colitis?

Is intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) useful for treating ulcerative colitis?

Possibly: There are a few published case studies that support the use of ivig for treatment of uc. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3490055 http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/1728132. ...Read more

Dr. Robert Dracker
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Immune Globulin (Definition)

Immune globulin is also known as Immunoglobulin. The immune globulins are a class of blood proteins elaborated by the immune system to fight infection, and then remember the antigens of the infecting agent to use for ...Read more


Immunoglobulin (Definition)

Immunoglobulins are antibodies produced by b cells. They have a y shaped configuration. They are involved in protecting us ...Read more