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what does it mean to have an increased Immunoglobulin a

A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Dugan
Specializes in Hematology
Monoclonal processes: Are often malignant or pre malignant. Polyclonal processes are usually reactive/infectious/inflammatory.
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Dr. Keith Stockerl-Goldstein
29 years experience Hematology and Oncology
Infection: These results likely indicate a recent infection but need to be evaluated in the context of other laboratory tests and your exam.

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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
How high?: Minimally elevated probably not worth worrying about. Very or moderately high requires a test - serum immunoelectrophoresis - to rule-out multiple mye ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
It depends: There are several types of immunoglobulin, igg, iga, IgM and ige. Having a "high" level of each of them could mean different things. It is also impo ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Depends: It depends on the cause of elevation of immunoglobulins. It may be normal reaction to recovering from an infection to cancer of the bone marrow.
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Steven Machtinger
43 years experience Allergy and Immunology
How high?: Minimally elevated probably not worth worrying about. Very high requires a test - serum immunoelectrophoresis - to rule-out multiple myeloma.
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. David Rosenthal
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
It depends: There are several types of immunoglobulin, igg, iga, IgM and ige. Having a "high" level of each of them could mean different things. It is also impo ... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Immune Issue: Immunoglobulin g is present in a person's blood to fight infections. There is a range of normal depending on age. If the level is low, that means t ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
Depends: The "normal ranges" for all lab tests include 95% of the "normal" population; thus, 2.5% of people are above the upper limit, and 2.5% are below the l ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
32 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See immunologist: Immunoglobulin A and G are major parts of the immune system that protect us from serious bacterial infections. Lacking IgA is fairly common but lack ... Read More
A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara Stark Baxter
41 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Low IgE is normal: Ige is present when you have allergies. A low ige usually is normal and just means you do not have a lot of allergies.
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