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Subcutaneous immunoglobulin therapy: a new option for patients with primary immunodeficiency diseases

Authors Kobrynski L

Received 8 May 2012

Accepted for publication 7 June 2012

Published 24 August 2012 Volume 2012:6 Pages 277—287


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Lisa Kobrynski

Department of Pediatrics, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, USA

Abstract: Since the 1950s, replacement of immunoglobulin G using human immunoglobulin has been the standard treatment for primary immunodeficiency diseases with defects in antibody production. These patients suffer from recurrent and severe infections, which cause lung damage and shorten their life span. Immunoglobulins given intravenously (IVIG) every 3–4 weeks are effective in preventing serious bacterial infections and improving the quality of life for treated patients. Administration of immunoglobulin subcutaneously (SCIG) is equally effective in preventing infections and has a lower incidence of serious adverse effects compared to IVIG. The tolerability and acceptability of SCIG has been demonstrated in numerous studies showing improvements in quality of life and a preference for subcutaneous immunoglobulin therapy in patients with antibody deficiencies.

Keywords: primary immunodeficiency diseases, subcutaneous immunoglobulin, immunoglobulin G

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