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Anti-thymocyte globulin


What is anti-thymocyte globulin?

Anti-thymocyte globulin [also called ATG, ATGAM (horse), or Thymoglobulin (rabbit)] is a clear liquid that is given by vein (IV), usually during a long infusion (at least 4 hours, up to 24 hours).

Possible side effects of anti-thymocyte globulin


  • Fever and chills
  • Skin rash
  • Muscle and joint pain, nausea and vomiting, plus skin rash ("serum sickness")
  • Allergic reaction: symptoms can include itching, red skin, severe chills, short of breath, low blood pressure, and pain in the chest, side, or back

Later (more than a day after treatment starts)

  • Low blood counts
  • Increased risk of infection

These are the most common side effects, but there may be others. Please report all side effects to the doctor or nurse.

In case of a severe side effect or reaction, call the doctor, nurse, or pharmacist at 901-595-3300. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833).

Special instructions for anti-thymocyte globulin

  • The infusion of ATG may be slowed down or interrupted to lessen the side effects.
  • You will receive medicines before the ATG infusion starts to decrease the chance for allergic reaction.


This document is not intended to take the place of the care and attention of your personal physician or other professional medical services. Our aim is to promote active participation in your care and treatment by providing information and education. Questions about individual health concerns or specific treatment options should be discussed with your physician.

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