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Controversies in Neurology
August 1999

Is the Routine Use of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Treatment in Neurologic Disorders Justified?No

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Neurology, Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel.

 

HACHINSKIVLADIMIRMD, FRCPC, DSC

Arch Neurol. 1999;56(8):1028-1032. doi:10.1001/archneur.56.8.1028

DURING the last decade, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) has been used to treat several neurologic conditions.1,2However, because of the initial enthusiasm that followed the success of this treatment in some systemic autoimmune diseases, IVIG has been overused in the past few years; sometimes, use is based on only small uncontrolled studies. This review deals with IVIG overuse and emphasizes the precautions to be taken before prescribing treatment.

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