Asthma Which Was Not Asthma

  • Peter JandusEmail author


  • Acquired hypogammaglobulinemia should always be considered during the evaluation of a patient with a suspected antibody deficiency

  • Chronic corticosteroid use, antiepileptic drugs, and rituximab therapy, malignancies such as chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or lymphomas, nephrotic syndrome, protein-losing enteropathy and congenital lymphangiectasis, as well as HIV infection are considered as common causes of secondary hypogammaglobulinemia

  • Headaches are a typically associated with intravenous immunoglobulin infusions

  • Slowing or stopping the infusion for 15–30 minutes can reverse most of the acute reactions associated with IVIG infusion

  • Adequate hydration or prescribing acetaminophen or NSAIDs are among options to prevent headaches during IVIG treatment


Hypogammaglobulinemia Asthma Autoimmunity CVID-like disorders 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Immunology and Allergology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity Hospital and Medical FacultyGenevaSwitzerland

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