Does immune serum globulin confer protection against skin diseases?

D. Mimouni, M. Gdalevich, F. B. Mimouni, I. Grotto, A. Eldad, O. Shpilberg

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Abstract

Background: Following a case of serologically proven hepatitis A in a food-handling worker serving several military bases in the same vicinity, the entire military population was vaccinated with immune serum globulin (ISG). Objective: To evaluate the effectiveness of ISG in preventing skin disease. Methods: The data for this study were drawn from the military archives of the Medical Corps. The population of the bases was followed for a period of 3 months after immunization. Rates of selected skin diseases were compared with those of a nearby base during the same period, and with those in the population of the same bases a year earlier. Results: The rates of several skin diseases (bacterial skin infections, dermatitis and eczema, fungal infections, acne, warts, nail disorders, and nonspecific skin diseases) among the vaccinated population were significantly lower when compared to the historical control group and to the contemporary control group of the nearby base. Conclusions: ISG provides a protecting effect for skin diseases, especially those of infectious origin.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)628-631
Number of pages4
JournalInternational Journal of Dermatology
Volume39
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

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