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Consensus Statement
August 2003

Consensus Statement on the Use of Intravenous Immunoglobulin Therapy in the Treatment of Autoimmune Mucocutaneous Blistering Diseases

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Dermatology and Oral Medicine, Harvard Medical School and Harvard School of Dental Medicine, Boston, Mass (Dr Ahmed); and Department of Dermatology, Mayo Clinic, Scottsdale, Ariz (Dr Dahl). The authors have no relevant financial interest in this article.

Arch Dermatol. 2003;139(8):1051-1059. doi:10.1001/archderm.139.8.1051

Objectives  The purpose of the meeting of the Consensus Development Group was to critically evaluate the current published data on the use of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) therapy in the treatment of autoimmune mucocutaneous blistering diseases (AMBDs) and to discuss the industrial preparation and safety features of this biologic agent.

Participants  The participants were physicians who frequently treat patients with these diseases and included dermatologists, oral medicine specialists, ophthalmologists, and immunologists. The members of the group provided input and discussion in their areas of expertise. The participants were invited attendees.

Evidence  Data samples included only published information in the English-language literature. The expert opinions and experience of the members of the Consensus Development Group were vital to the discussion.

Consensus Process  A consensus was achieved by an open discussion and cumulative agreement on all issues relevant to the use of IVIg therapy in the treatment of AMBDs. Special emphasis was placed on indications for its use, determination of outcome parameters, and development of a protocol for its therapeutic use. We also focused on its safety and on prevention of adverse effects.

Conclusion  This consensus statement outlines the scope of IVIg treatment; provides guidelines for its use, including indications, prescreening, premedications, dose, frequency, and monitoring; and defines the end point of therapy.

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