Latest Intravenous immunoglobulin Stories

2006-02-13 16:18:20

By Megan Rauscher NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Not all commercially available preparations of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG), an antibody therapy, are equally effective in children with Kawasaki disease, an immune system disorder that can cause fever, rash, and possible complications of the heart and brain, new research shows. The findings are based on a study of 437 children with the disease who were treated with one of four IVIG brands. "Physicians should be cautious when using...

2005-10-03 14:46:29

When added to standard treatment, steroids significantly reduce the odds of developing heart damage in children with Kawasaki's disease, according to a study in the October issue of Pediatrics. These findings address a gap in knowledge. Current guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics state that the evidence for steroid treatment is lacking and recommend the standard treatment for Kawasaki's, which is aspirin and intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). "This gap in knowledge led us to...

2005-08-08 17:02:03

Defects in a single gene can result in two immune system disorders that leave affected individuals vulnerable to frequent or unusually severe infections, according to new findings reported in the August issue of Nature Genetics. The discovery may lead to new diagnostic tests for these two inherited conditions--immunoglobulin A (IgA) deficiency and common variable immunodeficiency (CVID) Currently, doctors diagnose the conditions by measuring immunoglobulin levels and excluding other causes...

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