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IVIG for Autism
      #47 - 12/27/05 08:14 AM

IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) has been used as an alternative treatment for autism. Clinically, children treated have shown improvements in language, communication, social interaction and attention span (V. Singh, 1997; unpublished data).

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Re: IVIG for Autism [Re: Administrator]
      #352 - 01/29/07 01:37 PM

can I get more information on this?

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Re: IVIG for Autism [Re: djtrev11]
      #421 - 04/04/07 07:14 PM

is there any more info on IVIG, just got home from a doctor that wants to put my daughter under the treatment....any feedback or research out there?

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Re: IVIG for Autism [Re: dannyrodriguez03]
      #425 - 04/05/07 09:08 AM

I posted this is the other forum as well..hope this helps you:

Do a Google search on Dr. Vijendra Singh ( he has his own Wikipedia page at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vijendra_K._Singh ).

He is out of Utah and is a pioneer in IVIG treatment for Autism. His hypothesis is that many cases of autism are triggered by an autoimmune disorder.....he has an interesting theory because it states that the MMR vaccine causes the body's immune system to go haywire in some children, leading to autism-like symptoms.

IVIG infusions are a way of course-correcting this immune system malfunction. While some children have not responded to treatment, there is clinicaly significant information from Singh that some children with autism respond to treatment.

Treatment is EXPENSIVE.......try to see if there are ways for insurance to cover it. Also, make sure you know where the IVIG is coming from. There is a big black market out there for this stuff because it is so expensive....make sure the product being used on your child can be traced straight to the manufacturer. Good luck.


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Re: IVIG for Autism [Re: renandstimpy]
      #428 - 04/05/07 09:17 AM

Definitely worth a read:

http://www.crossroadsinstitute.org/newsletter/nlarticles/aug05/singhautism.html

Excerpt:

Intraveneous immunoglobulin (IVIG): this type of treatment has been used to treat children with autism. Open-label trials of both low-dose and high-dose IVIG have shown that most but not all autistic children respond favorably to this treatment. My collaborators and I recently found that the high-dose IVIG was better than the low-dose IVIG (J. Bradstreet, V. Singh and J. El-Dahr, paper presented at the International Symposium on Autism, Netherlands, December 28-30, 1999). Clinically, children so treated have shown improvements in language, communication, social interaction and attention span. In a double-blind study, (V. Singh, 1997; unpublished data) the IVIG treatment was found to decrease brain autoantibody titers in five patients (they were positive pre-therapy but became virtually negative post-therapy) who also showed clinical improvement of autistic characteristics. In spite of the success of IVIG, this treatment is not for everyone. Before this treatment is administered, a proper immune evaluation is highly recommended to assess the nature of the immune problem.


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Re: IVIG for Autism [Re: renandstimpy]
      #429 - 04/05/07 01:32 PM

we had an appointment with dr. gupta is Riverside, Ca. and he recommended the IVIG treatment. we have had our daughter in a private ABA treatment for the past 9 months and are definetely seen the results BUT if this is the answer or maybe a way to compliment the ABA program then we dont want to pass on it. At the same time we are a bit reluctant to have our child go through this biomedical treatment with antobodies infused in her body through an IV.
Our child is more on the mild to medium side of autism and we dont want this treatment worsen the improvements she has made over the last 9 months....any parents out there that have done this treatment?


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Re: IVIG for Autism [Re: dannyrodriguez03]
      #5307 - 04/14/11 03:04 PM

I have the parents of a 14 year-old autistic boy considering these treatments. I'm curious as well. They've tried a lot of treatments. Can anyone tell me how this treatment matches up against dietary supplement or gluten free diets? They've had some success with that, but they're really hopeful about IVIG. Thanks for the answers.

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