IVIG Treatment Offered by Cancer Doctors in Baltimore

Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy - Baltimore, MD

Medical Oncology and Hematology at Mercy, a division of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, offers patients a highly trained team of medical oncologists and hematologists experienced in providing treatment options like IVIG (or gammaglobulin) for a variety of medical conditions. 

What is IVIG or Gammaglobulin?

IVIG or gammablobulin, also called immune globulin, is a plasma treatment used for specific conditions such as immune deficiencies, autoimmune conditions, inflammation and infections. 

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How does IVIG treatment work?

IVIG is used to treat a number of immunodeficiency and autoimmune conditions as well as blood disorders because it contains a critical component called immunoglobulin-G (IgG). Immunoglobulin helps the body build antibodies, a disease fighting substance, to fight off viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites. 

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How do I prepare for IVIG or Gammaglobulin treatment?

Staying hydrated is the key for preparing for IVIG treatment. The patient needs to drink plenty of fluids the day before as well as the day of the treatment. This will help with starting the IV and lessening the side effects.  Patients should avoid caffeine or any other diuretic that can lead to dehydration.  

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How is IVIG or Gammaglobulin treatment administered?

IVIG is an IV-infused medication given in a 2-4 hour period over 12-weeks.  Depending on the dose of medication, patient diagnosis and medical history, the time to administer IVIG may vary. Throughout your IVIG treatment vital signs, blood pressure, pulse and temperature as well as signs of allergic reactions are monitored. IVIG treatment can take up to six months or longer.

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Who should receive IVIG or Gammaglobulin?

People with the following conditions are typically good candidates for IVIG treatment:

  • Allogeneic bone marrow transplantation
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Hematology diseases
  • Immunodeficiency
  • Immune-mediated thrombocytopenia
  • Kawasaki disease
  • Infectious diseases
  • Specific neurology conditions
  • Specific pulmonary conditions 
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What are the side effects of IVIG or Gammaglobulin?

The side effects of IVIG may include:

  • Allergic reactions
  • Chills and fever
  • Fatigue
  • Mild to severe headaches
  • Neck stiffness
  • Shortness of breath
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