Treating PI With Immunoglobulin (Ig) Therapies1
Ig therapies are one of the treatment options available for treating primary immunodeficiency (PI). However, it is not appropriate for everyone. Talk to your doctor about the different treatment options and what may be best for you.
Why Could Ig Therapy be an Option for You?1,2
When you have PI your body may not be making enough antibodies, or some of the antibodies it's making may not work properly. That’s why you get sick so often. Within your body there are many types of antibodies – Ig (also referred to as IgG or Immunoglobulin), IgM, IgE, IgD and IgA. The Ig antibodies are the ones that help fight off bacteria and viruses that cause infections that can make you sick.
What are Ig Therapies?1
Ig therapies temporarily replace some of the antibodies that your body isn't making on its own or that don't work properly. The goal of this treatment is to help your body fight off bacteria and viruses, and help keep you from getting sick so often.
There are multiple types of Ig therapies that provide options to help meet the needs and preferences of PI patients. Talk with your doctors about what option is best for you.
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Where Ig Therapies Comes From1
Ig therapies come from plasma donated by healthy individuals. A donor's plasma is put through a rigorous series of tests, including screening for specific infectious diseases and measurement of protein levels and hematocrit to make sure they are both in an acceptable range for donation. Once it is determined safe for use, the plasma is sent to a processing plant where it is processed into numerous plasma based treatments, including Ig therapies.
Reference: 1. Blaese RM, Bonilla FA, Stiehm ER, Younger ME, eds. Patient & Family Handbook for Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases. 5th ed. Towson, MD: Immune Deficiency Foundation; 2013. 2. Immune Deficiency Foundation. Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases in America: 2007 The Third National Survey of Patients. Prepared by Abt. SRBI, Inc. May 2009.