Intravenous immune globulins (IVIg) treatment for organizing pneumonia in a selective IgG immune deficiency state

Itai Gueta, Yehuda Shoenfeld, Hedi Orbach*

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Abstract

We describe herein a 61-year-old woman who presented with fever, night sweats and cough. The diagnosis of pneumonia was established, but with symptom recurrence following antibiotic therapy, further diagnostics were performed. Biopsy via bronchoscopy revealed cryptogenic organizing pneumonia, and later on follow-up, a selective IgG immune deficiency was also diagnosed. Initial treatment of high-dose glucocorticoid therapy induced remission, but with dose reduction recurrence was observed. Intravenous immune globulin treatment was initiated and induced a successful clinical and radiological remission. Few cases of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia and hypogammaglobulinemia have been reported. To our knowledge, this is the fourth case described of cryptogenic organizing pneumonia with a hypogammaglobulinemia state and the first reported case of a selective immune deficiency state treated successfully with intravenous immune globulins.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-169
Number of pages5
JournalImmunologic Research
Volume60
Issue number2-3
DOIs
StatePublished - 9 Dec 2014

Keywords

  • Cryptogenic organizing pneumonia
  • Hypogammaglobulinemia
  • Intravenous immune globulins
  • Selective IgG deficiency

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