About Immunoglobulin G (IVIG/SCIG)
Immunoglobulin (Ig) is a solution of globulins containing antibodies that are normally present in adult human blood. Globulins are simple proteins that provide immunity against disease. Ig products are derived from blood products collected from humans. The products are then processed by different methods and made safe for human infusion.
Intravenous Ig (IVIG) and subcutaneous Ig (SCIG) are used for maintenance treatment in people who are unable to produce sufficient amounts of immune globulin antibodies, or for prophylactic use to decrease infections in immunosuppressed patients.
Common Diagnosis for IVIG/SCIG:
- Bone Marrow Transplantation – to decrease infections and incidence of graft vs. host disease.
- Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia – Slow progressing disease caused by immunosuppression, bone marrow failure and infiltration of organs with lymphocytes.
- Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathies (CIDP) – A chronic disorder of peripheral nervous system which has a relapsing or steadily progressing course over months or years.
- Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) – An autoimmune disorder.
- Primary Immunoglobulin Deficiencies – A chronic disease in which the patient has a severe deficiency of immunoglobulins. The patient typically has recurrent infections and unable to fight infection.
- High Risk Pregnancy.
- Pediatric AIDS – To assist in the prevention of infections in children with AIDS.
- Guillain-Barre Syndrome (Also known as Acute Idiopathic Polyneuropathy) – the body’s immune system attacks part of the peripheral nervous system.