What Is Immune Globulin Used to Treat?

The experts at Align Infusion Clinic in Metairie, Louisiana are pleased to offer specialized infusion services in a patient-focused and welcoming environment that’s designed for your comfort.

Our treatments are professionally formulated to meet your health needs and medically supervised. Services offered at Align Infusion include COVID-19 antibody infusion therapy, total parenteral nutrition, IV antibiotics, clotting factor infusions, and a host of other intravenous (IV) therapies used to treat infectious diseases and life-threatening inflammatory conditions.

We’re happy to offer information about immune globulin IV infusion treatments and the health benefits they offer.

Why would I need immune globulin treatment?

Immune globulin, also known as immunoglobulin (Ig), is a naturally occurring component of plasma (the liquid portion of blood). Simply put, immunoglobulins are antibodies your immune system produces to neutralize or help destroy various bacteria, viruses, and other pathogens that threaten your physical health.  

Without appropriate Ig levels, you are at an increased risk of developing severe infections and other health complications that a healthy immune system typically overcomes. In some cases, skewed Ig levels can cause your immune system to attack healthy cells it mistakenly identifies as dangerous pathogens.    

Derived from donor plasma, intravenous immune globulin (IVIg) treatments replace the antibodies missing from your bloodstream. 

IVIg treatments also offer a strong anti-inflammatory effect and are therefore helpful in treating various autoimmune disorders and chronic inflammatory conditions. IVIg may also be recommended to increase platelets (blood-clotting cells).   

What causes immune globulin disorders?

Scientists aren’t sure why some people develop autoimmune disorders or immune deficiencies, and others don’t. Genetics may play a role. Certain medications, such as those used during chemotherapy or after a transplant to prevent organ rejection, can also affect your immune system.

Common autoimmune and inflammatory diseases include:

Note that IVIg is a replacement treatment but does not stimulate natural Ig production. Immunoglobulins wash out of your system and must be replaced regularly. 

Thus, depending on your circumstance, you may require periodic infusion treatments to replenish your levels, which are typically spaced four or more weeks apart.

What should I expect during an IVIg infusion treatment?

Your specialist will discuss the process in detail before scheduling your treatment. Note, however, that immune globulin infusion therapy requires IV placement. This only takes a moment but may initially cause mild discomfort at the insertion site.

It may take two to four hours to complete the infusion. Thus, once your IV is placed, we encourage you to relax and take advantage of the downtime to read, take a nap, or catch up on favorite videos. Our staff monitors you carefully during and for a few moments after the treatment to ensure you are responding as expected.

For more information about the infusion services we offer or to set up treatment, schedule a visit at Align Infusion today. We’re here to help!

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