Aseptic meningitis and abducens nerve palsy as a serious side effect of high dose intravenous immunoglobulin used in a patient with renal transplantation.


Immune globulin intravenous (human) (IGIV) is effective in the treatment of various autoimmune and inflammatory disorders. Recently, high-dose IGIV 2 g/kg has been utilized in the treatment of antibody-mediated rejection in solid organ transplantation. We report a renal transplant recipient who developed aseptic meningitis and diplopia from abducens nerve (cranial nerve VI) palsy following IGIV administration for antibody-mediated rejection. Potential mechanisms of the IGIV-related aseptic meningitis are elaborated. Clinicians should be aware of aseptic meningitis and cranial nerve palsy as an adverse reaction to IGIV exposure and monitor for its signs and symptoms.


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