The role of intravenous immunoglobulins in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Nurit Katz-Agranov, Saakshi Khattri, Gisele Zandman-Goddard*

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Abstract

Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) are beneficial and safe for various diseases other than primary immunodeficiencies. Over the years, IVIG has been given for autoimmune diseases as an off-label adjunct therapy. While other biologic agents are indicated for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), IVIG may have a role for specific subgroups of RA patients where anti-cytokine blockers or rituximab may be unwarranted. Such subgroups may include patients with vasculitis, overlap rhupus syndrome, severe infections with active disease, and pregnancy. In addition, IVIG may be considered for juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) and adult Still's disease. We review the literature for IVIG treatment in RA patients and for these subgroups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)651-658
Number of pages8
JournalAutoimmunity Reviews
Volume14
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Aug 2015

Keywords

  • Adult Still's disease
  • IVIG
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Rhupus syndrome
  • Severe infections
  • Vasculitis

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