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Current Neuropharmacology


ISSN (Print): 1570-159X
ISSN (Online): 1875-6190

Current Proposed Mechanisms of Action of Intravenous Immunoglobulins in Inflammatory Neuropathies

Author(s): Saiju Jacob and Yusuf A. Rajabally

Volume 7, Issue 4, 2009

Page: [337 - 342] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/157015909790031166

Price: $65


Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIg) have been shown in a number of trials, to be an effective treatment for the three main types of inflammatory neuropathies: Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS), chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP), and multifocal motor neuropathy (MMN). IVIg is thought to exert its immunomodulatory effects by affecting several components of the immune system including B-cells, T-cells, macrophages, complement, cytokines and cellular adhesion molecules. This article reviews the published evidence and the principal postulated mechanisms of action of intravenous immunoglobulins with special emphasis on inflammatory neuropathies.

Keywords: Intravenous immunoglobulins, mechanisms of action, inflammatory neuropathy, Guillain Barre syndrome, Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, multifocal motor neuropathy

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