Immunodeficiencies – Antibody deficiency

A genetic defect can be the cause of an immunodeficiency and a resulting antibody deficiency (primary immunodeficiency). The pathological susceptibility to infection is the most dominant symptom of a primary immunodeficiency in most cases. A secondary immunodeficiency is the disorder of the body´s own defense as a result of another primary disease or disorder of its therapy.

As a symptomatic therapy the patients can get antibody preparations (immunoglobulins). These have to be administered regularly and over the long-term to compensate the body´s own antibody deficiency. Depending on the preparation, the immunoglobulins are administered intravenous or subcutaneous.

The intravenous administration is usually in the hospital or medical practice, but patients or their relatives can learn the subcutaneous infusion and administration of the medication can be performed at the patient´s home. The subcutaneous infusions are administered by using an infusion pump once a week. Some drugs are administered only every 3-4 weeks due to a new formulation.

Our homecare nurses support the switch to the subcutaneous self-treatment at home. They accompany the patients during the first administration in the medical practice and the following administrations at the patient´s home as long as the patient is confident and autonomous. The patients are not only trained for the therapy but also receive the required medical devices and drugs on request. These are delivered free of charge and directly to the patient´s home.

Dealing with health insurance companies as well as the approval process of the infusion pump is handled by our long-standing partner pharmacy.

Our homecare nurses support the switch to the subcutaneous self-treatment at home. They accompany the patients during the first administration in the medical practice and the following administrations at the patient´s home as long as the patient is confident and autonomous. The patients are not only trained for the therapy but also receive the required medical devices and drugs on request. These are delivered free of charge and directly to the patient´s home.

Dealing with health insurance companies as well as the approval process of the infusion pump is handled by our long-standing partner pharmacy.