Background: Systemic lupus erythematosus is an autoimmune disease with diverse clinical manifestations that cannot always be regulated by steroids and immunosuppressive therapy. Intravenous immunoglobulin is an optional immunomodulatory agent for the treatment of SLE, but the appropriate indications for its use, duration of therapy and recommended dosage are yet to be established. In SLE patients, most publications report the utilization of a high dose (2 g/kg body weight) protocol. Objectives: To investigate whether lower doses of IVIg are beneficial for SLE patients. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed the medical records of 62 patients who received low dose IVIg (approximately 0.5 g/kg body weight). Results: The treatment was associated with clinical improvement in many specific disease manifestations, along with a continuous decrease in SLEDAI scores (SLE Disease Activity Index). However, thrombocytopenia, alopecia and vasculitis did not improve following IVIg therapy. Conclusions: Low dose IVIg is a possible therapeutic option in SLE and is associated with lower cost than the high dose regimen and possibly fewer adverse effects.
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Israel Medical Association Journal|
|State||Published - 1 Jan 2008|
- Intravenous immunoglobulin
- Low dose
- Systemic lupus erythematosus