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How does immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy treat primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) in children?

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Immunoglobulin (Ig) replacement therapy uses disease-fighting proteins called antibodies that children who have primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) need. Doctors usually give it by IV. The antibodies only last so long, so your child may need a treatment every 3 or 4 weeks. He might have some side effects such as achy muscles or joints, headaches, or a low fever.

From: Primary Immunodeficiency WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

Medically Reviewed on 09/11/2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Primary Immunodeficiency Disease."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Primary Immunodeficiency."

CDC: "Newborn Screening: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Bone Marrow Transplantation."

Immune Deficiency Foundation: "Patient & Family Handbook."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases."

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Learn More About Primary Immune Deficiency."

Cambridge University Hospitals: "Antibiotics for adults with primary immunodeficiency."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Asthma, Allergy and Immunology: "Primary Immunodeficiency Disease."

Boston Children's Hospital: "Primary Immunodeficiency."

CDC: "Newborn Screening: Severe Combined Immunodeficiency," "Severe Combined Immunodeficiency."

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin: "Bone Marrow Transplantation."

Immune Deficiency Foundation: "Patient & Family Handbook."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Primary Immunodeficiency Diseases."

Rare Diseases Clinical Research Network: "Learn More About Primary Immune Deficiency."

Cambridge University Hospitals: "Antibiotics for adults with primary immunodeficiency."

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on September 11, 2018

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