Treating primary immunodeficiency with immunoglobulin therapy
Immunoglobulin therapy is a common treatment for certain types of primary immunodeficiency, a group of disorders that weaken the immune system.
Immunoglobulin refers to the portion of blood plasma that contains immunoglobulins or antibodies, which the immune system needs to fight infections. Immunoglobulin therapy might help people who have immunodeficiency disorders that make them unable to produce enough antibodies.
The goal of this type of therapy is to boost the immune system and prevent serious infections, such as pneumonia. Other possible benefits might include fewer viral and bacterial upper respiratory tract infections and bronchitis, fewer hospital admissions and improved lung function and quality of life.
March 29, 2016
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