Because a person with agammaglobulinemia is missing antibodies, treatment includes replacing the antibodies, called immunoglobulins, in the bloodstream. Antibodies are given through an intravenous (IV) line every 3 to 4 weeks. Because agammaglobulinemia weakens the immune system, bacterial infections require early and aggressive treatment with antibiotics. A person with agammaglobulinemia should not receive live vaccines for common viral infections, such as measles, mumps and rubella, because they may cause infection.
Specific treatment for agammaglobulinemia may include:
- Intravenous immune globulin (IVIG) therapy for agammaglobulinemia:
- Helps boost the immune system, by replacing lost antibodies
- Antibiotic therapy for infections:
- Early treatment is very important, in order to avoid severe infections.
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