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How can intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG) and plasmapheresis treat severe autoimmune blistering disorders?

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For severe autoimmune blistering disorders, your treatments might be:

  • Intravenous immunoglobulin G (IVIG). This blood product is put into a vein. IVIG is an antibody found in the liquid part of blood. It's taken from thousands of donors and pooled together. IVIG treatment gives you healthy antibodies to take over for the ones that caused your disorder.
  • Plasmapheresis. This removes the harmful antibodies from your blood and replaces it with blood from a donor that contains healthy antibodies.

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Blistering Diseases."

DermNet New Zealand: "Intravenous immunoglobulin," "Mucous membrane pemphigoid."

National Health Service: "Bullous pemphigoid."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Pemphigus."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Autoimmune Blistering Diseases."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: "Blistering Diseases."

DermNet New Zealand: "Intravenous immunoglobulin," "Mucous membrane pemphigoid."

National Health Service: "Bullous pemphigoid."

National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases: "Pemphigus."

National Organization for Rare Disorders: "Autoimmune Blistering Diseases."

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on November 12, 2018

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