Immune Globulin Infusion Therapy Specialist

Align Infusion Clinic

Infectious Diseases Specialists & Infusion Center located in Metairie, LA

If you have an immune deficiency, neurological disease, or other serious illness, your doctor may prescribe intravenous (IV) immune globulin infusion therapy. This type of IV infusion can help your body function better, which can include making antibodies and preventing cellular damage. At Align Infusion Clinic, located in Metairie, Louisiana, a team of professional infusion therapy specialists offers comfortable and convenient care that’s personalized for your needs. Call the office or schedule online now.

Immune Globulin Infusion Therapy Q&A

What is IV immune globulin infusion therapy?

IV immune globulin infusion therapy is an intravenous antibody treatment. The immunoglobulin comes from donated human plasma. This plasma is rich in concentrated antibodies that your body lacks. 

IV immune globulin infusion therapy is the leading treatment for people with antibody deficiencies, and it can help you fight infections far more effectively. 

This type of infusion therapy has many different uses in neurology, immunology, rheumatology, hematology, and dermatology.

When would I need IV immune globulin infusion therapy?

You may need IV immune globulin infusion therapy if you don't produce adequate antibodies, or if your immune system mistakenly produces antibodies that destroy healthy cells.

Some of the many different diseases and disorders that this therapy can treat include: 

  • Immune thrombocytopenia 
  • Lupus
  • Myositis
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Multifocal motor neuropathy (RCT)
  • Post bone marrow transplant
  • Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy
  • Parvovirus B19-associated aplasia
  • Atopic dermatitis

IV immune globulin infusion therapy can also effectively treat a number of other disorders and diseases.

In general, you start out with oral or injected medications, such as immunosuppressants, corticosteroids, or biologics. If those medications aren't effective, or if you need a treatment supplement, your doctor may then prescribe IV immune globulin infusion therapy.

What is the process for IV immune globulin infusion therapy?

A member of the Align Infusion Clinic team expertly cleans your arm and then inserts a slim needle. They thread a long ultrathin tube, a catheter, into your vein through the needle. They remove the needle before lightly taping the catheter in place. 

The process usually takes around 2-4 hours. 

How often do I need IV immune globulin infusion therapy?

The infusion schedule varies with your condition and individual response. You may need small doses on a set schedule, or a large single dose.  

If you have an immune disorder, you'll typically need treatments around once a month to replace the antibodies that the blood naturally breaks down. 

Learn more about how IV immune globulin infusion therapy can keep you strong, healthy, and infection-free by calling Align Infusion Clinic or clicking the online appointment maker now.