The role of intravenous immunoglobulins in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis

Autoimmun Rev. 2015 Aug;14(8):651-8. doi: 10.1016/j.autrev.2015.04.003. Epub 2015 Apr 12.


Intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIGs) are beneficial and safe for various diseases other than primary immunodeficiencies. Over the years, IVIG has been given for autoimmune diseases as an off-label adjunct therapy. While other biologic agents are indicated for rheumatoid arthritis (RA), IVIG may have a role for specific subgroups of RA patients where anti-cytokine blockers or rituximab may be unwarranted. Such subgroups may include patients with vasculitis, overlap rhupus syndrome, severe infections with active disease, and pregnancy. In addition, IVIG may be considered for juvenile chronic arthritis (JCA) and adult Still's disease. We review the literature for IVIG treatment in RA patients and for these subgroups.

Keywords: Adult Still's disease; IVIG; Rheumatoid arthritis; Rhupus syndrome; Severe infections; Vasculitis.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / complications
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / drug therapy*
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / immunology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Immunoglobulins, Intravenous / therapeutic use*
  • Inflammation / complications
  • Neoplasms / complications
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications / immunology


  • Immunoglobulins, Intravenous