Immunosuppressive therapy in children.
ABSTRACT The treatment of auto-immune diseases is evolving and newer agents become available. This review will outline treatment options in children with auto-immune disorders. Treatment with current corticosteroids and azathioprine works in majority but issues of intolerance and incomplete response arise, which led to window of newer immunosuppressants including mycophenolate mofetil, cyclosporine, tacrolimus, sirolimus, and various antibodies of human and animal origin. The newer agents have been studied in fewer numbers of children, so they are not first-line treatment yet but do have a clear role in patients with intolerance or incomplete response to standard therapy.