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What is the advantage of using intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) to treat thrombocytopenia and what are its side effects?

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IVIG is a medication to treat thrombocytopenia, a blood clotting disorder. IVIG can raise your platelet count quickly. But the effect is only temporary. IVIG is useful for people who need to get their levels boosted fast or who cannot tolerate steroids. The side effects include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Fever, chills

From: Thrombocytopenia and ITP WebMD Medical Reference

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Hoffman, R.  , 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

 

National Institutes of Health: "How Is Thromobocytopenia Diagnosed?" "Living With Thrombocytopenia."

 

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

 

Platelet Disorder Support Association: "Food as a Cure."

 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)."

 

ITP Foundation: "What Is ITP?"

 

UptoDate: "Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in adults."

 

FDA: "FDA approves fostamatinib tablets for ITP," April 2018.

 

Medscape: "Rituximab: An anti-CD20 Antibody for the Treatment of Chronic Refractory Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

 

Hoffman, R.  , 5th edition, Churchill Livingstone Elsevier, 2009. Hematology: Basic Principles and Practice

 

National Institutes of Health: "How Is Thromobocytopenia Diagnosed?" "Living With Thrombocytopenia."

 

Cleveland Clinic: "Thrombocytopenia."

 

Platelet Disorder Support Association: "Food as a Cure."

 

American Academy of Family Physicians: "Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)."

 

ITP Foundation: "What Is ITP?"

 

UptoDate: "Immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in adults."

 

FDA: "FDA approves fostamatinib tablets for ITP," April 2018.

 

Medscape: "Rituximab: An anti-CD20 Antibody for the Treatment of Chronic Refractory Immune Thrombocytopenic Purpura."

Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy on November 12, 2018

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