Intravenous immunoglobulin

Definition of intravenous immunoglobulin

intravenous immunoglobulin

(IN-truh-VEE-nus IH-myoo-noh-GLAH-byoo-lin)
A substance made from antibodies that have been taken from the blood of many healthy donors. It is given to a patient through a needle or tube inserted into a vein. Intravenous immunoglobulins are used to treat certain types of immune disorders in which there are low amounts of antibodies in the blood. They are also used to treat many different autoimmune disorders, infections, or other conditions. They may also be used to help prevent infections in patients who have had a stem cell or organ transplant. Intravenous immunoglobulins are a type of immunotherapy. Also called IVIG.

Source: NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms