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Subcutaneous immunoglobulin: rapid push vs. infusion pump in pediatrics



Ralph S. Shapiro, MD, 15700 37th Ave No, Suite 110, Plymouth, MN 55446, USA.

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Subcutaneous immunoglobulin (SCIG) therapy is gaining favor for the management of primary immunodeficiency disease (PIDD) in adults and children.


A retrospective chart review captured data on 96 pediatric patients with PIDD using SCIG (16% or 20%) delivered by infusion pump or SC rapid push over 620 clinic visits. Patients previously using intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) were converted to SCIG dosing on a 1:1 basis. Patients/caregivers voluntarily chose an administration technique.


Although mean SCIG dosing was lower on a g/kg/month basis compared with prior IVIG dosing, mean steady-state serum IgG levels during SCIG administration were about 100–200 mg/dl higher than IVIG trough values. On average, much more rapid infusion was achieved with the SC rapid push method, with 49% of patients reporting infusion times of 9 min or less; median duration of infusion pump administration was 45 min. The use of 20% SCIG increased dosing efficiency compared with 16% SCIG, allowing for a smaller weekly mean SCIG volume and fewer dosing days per week. Adverse event (AE) rates were lower in the pediatric subgroup compared with adults (15.8% vs. 18.8% of visits), and the majority of AEs were local. SC rapid push was reported most frequently for patients under age 2; its use decreased between ages 2 and <10 yr and then increased in adolescence and into adulthood. Only one of the pediatric patients returned to IVIG use.


Administration of replacement Ig via SC rapid push is a safe and viable option in pediatric patients with PIDD.