Infusion therapy is used when treating Primary Immunodeficiency Disease (PIDD). PIDD is caused by inherit defects of the immune system and results in recurrent, severe, or unusual infections.
Sufferers of PIDD need to be treated with intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG). IVIG solutions consist of sterile solutions of concentrated antibody proteins extracted from healthy blood donors. It takes thousands of pooled plasma donations to extract the immunoglobulins needed. These solutions are highly purified to minimize the transmission of pathogens.
Many different preparations of IVIG are available from different companies. Our KCAA specialists work with patients to determine which product works best. There are many good reasons to treat PIDD with IVIG. Treatment preserves organ function, improves quality of life, prevents infection-related death, and increases lifespan.
Infusion therapy involves the administration of medication through an IV needle. Frequency varies according to a patient’s situation and will be determined by the specially trained KCCA immunologist.