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What can cause the sedimentation rate-westergren - 70; complement c4, serum - 53; immunoglobulin m, qn, serum - 36; complement, total (ch50) >63?

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Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Inflammation: Your lab studies point to inflammation but do not reveal the cause which should be evaluated by your doctor.
Dr. Carrie Cannon
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Immunologist: sed rate is high, Total Ch50 is normal, but serum IgM is low. A IgM deficiency is rare with only 0.01% in the general population and 1% of all hospitalized patients. It would be a good idea to recheck the IgM and specific function of the immune system against antigens which is done by immunologist. Sed rate elevation can mean many inflammatory states including infections.

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Last updated Jun 23, 2016

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