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Iv Infusion Zenapax
Central line: Patients treated with zenapax receive a central line. A large IV in one of the larger veins in the body. This is usually put in in the neck or the upper-part of the chest. ...Read more
Few, but can occur: Zenapax is the brand name of the il2 receptor blocking antibody called daclizumab. It is a humanized monoclonal antibody most often used to prevent rejection of organ transplants. Any antibody (protein) can cause infusion reactions such as fever, chills, joint pains, headache, sob, etc. It was taken off the market in the us by its manufacturer in 2010. For poor sales, not safety issues. ...Read more
Can you tell me if throughout an IV infusion of zenapax (daclizumab), the nurse forgot the filter until almost all the med was in?
Not a big deal: Should not be a big problem....filters were not strictly needed....so, if mixed well, infused well, no worries ...Read more
Yes: Rituximab is a common iv infusion used to treat autoinflammatory diseases ...Read more
I doubt it: If you believed all the claims made for lactoferrin supplement pills, you'd be reading uncritically. There are some real studies that support the use of this germ-killer to make episodes of bacterial diarrhea shorter in children. If you are being treated for iron deficiency, please make sure you understand why & that the cause has been addressed. Stay proactive & good luck. ...Read more
Hi! Can you tell me can air embolia occur after 48 hours. Supose someone gets it from an iv infusion in the hospital. Is that possible?
Yes. May stay lodged: Air emboli can form in the vein when the IV is inserted. Over time, the oxygen from the air can be absorbed, reducing the size of the bubble. However N2 nitrogen, an inert gas, remains. When the bubble shrinks to a sufficient size, it can dislodge & embolize. Thus, the thrombus (actually air bubble) can form many hours before the movement of the bubble to a dangerous region of the body (embolism). ...Read more
Depends: Like many drugs Rituxan (rituximab) has both short term and long term side-effects. Short term may include lowered blood pressure, shortness of breath, abdominal pain and may occur during administration or shortly thereafter. Since Rituxan (rituximab) affects the lymphocytes the longer term effects of decreased immune function can persist for months after even one infusion. ...Read more
Several: Infed and dexferrum are a couple of infused iron preparations. ...Read more
Depends on type: There are different types of hemophilia, and the need for infusions varies by both the type of hemophilia you have and the type of injury sustained. If you have a severe clotting deficiency, you may need infusions with even minor bleeding episodes or injuries. If you have a mild form of hemophilia, infusions may only be needed with major trauma or major surgery. Talk with your hematologist! ...Read more
Placental invasion?: Do you mean what happens when the placenta grows beyond the borders of the uterus? This can be a life threatening condition in pregnancy as can cause damage to organs such as the bladder as well as life-threatening bleeding. Most doctors concerned about this will do extensive imaging to make sure the placenta hasn't invaded surrounding organs. ...Read more
Infusions, my hemotologist has discontinued any future infusions. What would you recommend at this point?
Minimal information: For a meaningful answer. The type of infusions as well as the condition for which you were treated would be needed. Most treatments/ infusions are stopped because they are no longer needed. ...Read more
What do you advise if I'm having 10 venofer infusions over 10 days. What is this doing to my body and other organs?
Venofer injections: You're getting Venofer (V) due to your being severely iron deficient. The best person to ask the question of why you are receiving V is from the physician (P) who is ordering for you. That P knows you best of all and can answer your questions much better than any one here. The P knows your iron saturation, your ferritin level and the reason for your getting all those doses of it. Good luck. ...Read more
I have cvid. I have received weekly infusions for 2 years. My numbers are 870. How much higher should they be to make me feel better?
Its how u feel not#s: Dear tammyo, there's an old saying in medicine "we don't treat numbers". By that I mean if you are experiencing significantly fewer infections and have a better quality of life than it doesn't necessarily mean higher numbers fewer infections (i've seen patients with low numbers in all IG parameters who never got sick). During your evaluation for cvid specific responses to vaccines are golden. ...Read more
I received two iron infusions about 2 months ago. Before the infusions, iron was 78. After it was 240. Six weeks later it was down to 82. Normal?
Sounds like you are absorbing the iron properly!
Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more
Hi, my son is 9 and takes Hizentra infusions weekly for hypogammaglobemnia. IgG is now normal but Subclass 3 is still low and subclass 2 is now high?
Focus on IgG: The goal of replacement IgG is to provide total IgG levels approximately in the normal range, and sustain them throughout the interval between injections. I would not focus on the subclasses, but on total level of IgG, as well as the response to therapy, i.e., is he having less frequent and severe infections? ...Read more
I have a power port. Last infusion was 10/31/14. How often should I have it flushed now & what are the risks if I forget to have it flushed as needed?
Implanted ports: It can depend on the type of port that you have, but generally the implanted power ports need to be flushed once every four weeks when not in use. Failure to maintain the port can cause clots which decrease it's efficiency of flow as well as pose a risk of thrombosis (blood clot getting dislodged and loose into the blood stream). ...Read more
IgG antibodies: Intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) is a collection of IgG antibodies pooled from the plasma of over 1000 blood donors. Extensive processing to remove other antibodies and possible contaminants makes ivig expensive. The solution that the antibodies are dissolved in sometimes is high in sugar & should be given carefully to diabetics. Most brands also have preservatives in the product. ...Read more