Breaking News
Home / Time to re-evaluate the efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin in the management of toxic epidermal necrolysis

Time to re-evaluate the efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin in the management of toxic epidermal necrolysis

Σχολιασμός της συστηματικής ανασκόπησης και μετα-ανάλυσης των Huang , Li , και Chen σχετικά με την αποτελεσματικότητα της γ-σφαιρίνης (IVIg) στην θεραπευτική αντιμετώπιση της τοξικής επιδερμικής νεκρόλυσης (TEN) :

Walsh S, Creamer D.

IVIg in TEN: time to re-evaluate the efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin in the management of toxic epidermal necrolysis.

Br J Dermatol. 2012 Aug;167(2):230-1.

« Although the use of IVIg is supported by some published data, there may be other less tangible reasons for its use, such as a need to administer an active therapy of some sort in a clinical scenario which is acute and life-threatening. However, Huang et al.’s meta-analysis indicates a lack of clear benefit for IVIg, a message which will be echoed in the forthcoming British Association of Dermatologists guidelines on SJS/TEN.»

H πρόσβαση στο πλήρες κείμενο του σχολίου είναι ελεύθερη :

Επίσης ελεύθερη είναι και η πρόσβαση στην πρωτότυπη δημοσίευση των Huang et al :

Huang YC, Li YC, Chen TJ.

The efficacy of intravenous immunoglobulin for the treatment of toxic epidermal necrolysis: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

Br J Dermatol. 2012 Aug;167(2):424-32.



Quantitative analysis of intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg) treatment against toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is lacking.


To provide a meta-analysis evidence-based examination of IVIg efficacy against TEN.


A systematic review and meta-analysis of literature published before 31 July 2011 was conducted. In observational controlled studies with at least eight patients with TEN receiving IVIg treatment, a pooled estimate of mortality risk was determined, comparing IVIg and supportive care. Statistical analyses were performed on raw data to compare the clinical differences between (i) high-dose and low-dose IVIg treatment in adult patients and (ii) paediatric and adult patients treated with IVIg.


Seventeen studies met inclusion criteria. Overall mortality rate of patients with TEN treated with IVIg was 19·9%. The pooled odds ratio (OR) for mortality from six observational controlled studies comparing IVIg and supportive care was 1·00 [95% confidence interval (CI) 0·58–1·75; P = 0·99]. The pooled OR for mortality in patients treated with high-dose IVIg vs. supportive care was 0·63 (95% CI 0·27–1·44; P = 0·27). Adults treated with high-dose IVIg exhibited significantly lower mortality than those treated with low-dose IVIg (18·9% vs. 50%, respectively; P = 0·022); however, multivariate logistic regression model adjustment indicated that IVIg dose does not correlate with mortality (high vs. low dose: OR 0·494; 95% CI 0·106–2·300; P = 0·369). Paediatric patients treated with IVIg had significantly lower mortality than adults (0% vs. 21·6%; P = 0·001).


Although high-dose IVIg exhibited a trend towards improved mortality and children treated with IVIg had a good prognosis, the evidence does not support a clinical benefit of IVIg.

Randomized controlled trials are necessary.

Check Also

Αμερικάνικη Ακαδημία Δερματολογίας: Νεότερες κατευθυντήριες οδηγίες για την ατοπική δερματίτιδα, δεύτερο και τρίτο μέρος, Μάϊος 2014.

Η  Αμερικάνικη Ακαδημία Δερματολογίας (American Academy of  Dermatology) αντικαθιστά τις κατευθυντήριες οδηγίες για την διαγνωστική και θεραπευτική …