Reply To: Eyes shut

June 25, 2017 at 2:55 pm

If IVIg does not seem to be bringing her out of the ICU, your friend should look into Plasma Exchange (PE). PE will filter out the bad anti bodies from her blood, something IVIg won’t do. IVIg stops the immune system from producing more bad antibodies, but doesn’t deal with what’s already in her system. The two treatments negate each other (PE removes IVIg). She would probably need a temporary port for PE, otherwise it’s too slow if done with a smaller access line (IV or PICC). If her doctors agrees to try PE, maybe 3-4 days worth, followed by a day of rest, then more IVIg… would help to bring her around.