A growing number of medical literature suggests the use of IVIG for polymyositis. IVIG may be particularly beneficial in chronic, treatment-resistant cases. Corticosteroids and immunosuppressants are the first-line treatment for polymyositis (PM). However, they may cause severe side effects. Moreover, many
Though CIDP is treatable and some symptoms can be reversed, complete recovery is rare. CIDP (chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy) is a rare autoimmune disorder. In people with CIDP, the immune system damages the peripheral nerves (nerves outside the brain and spinal
Autoimmune uveitis is an inflammatory eye disease that occurs as a result of an immune system malfunction. This autoimmune condition causes inflammation within the eye, specifically in the uvea or uveal tract, which is the middle layer of your eyes
Autoimmune hemolytic anemia is a rare medical condition where the body’s own immune system attacks its red blood cells by mistake and destroys them. Red blood cells carry oxygen in your body. As a result, their shortage makes one feel
Routine tests for Guillain-Barre syndrome are cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis, electromyography, and nerve conduction studies. Additional tests include an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) or a CT (computed tomography) scan. Diagnosing Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) can be challenging, especially during the earlier stages.
Acute Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (AIDP) and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) are both neurological disorders in which the body’s immune system attacks its own nerves and can lead to paralysis. While both disorders have similar symptoms, they differ in duration
Surgery for myasthenia gravis—thymectomy—may be an option if your symptoms are caused by an enlarged thymus. It is the standard treatment if you have a thymus tumor (thymoma). The thymus gland produces infection-fighting white blood cells called T cells, and the
Receiving total parenteral nutrition (TPN) at home can be both a challenging and transformative experience for some patients who require this form of nutritional support. TPN can be used in chronic diseases such as ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, short bowel
Ankylosing spondylitis (pronounced as ank-ee-lo-zing spon-dee-li-tus) or AS is a form of chronic inflammatory arthritis that predominantly affects your spine — a bony structure that provides your body shape and posture. The term “ankylosing” means stiffness; “spondyl” pertains to the
Though rare, IVIG complications can be fatal. IVIG (intravenous immune globulin) is a life-saving therapy for many autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. It is generally well tolerated, and most side effects are mild, such as flushing, headache, malaise, fever, chills, and fatigue.