A 48-year-old member asked:
what is the chemical definition of serum?
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
Serum: Serum = portion of blood that contains antibodies.
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A 24-year-old member asked:
My mom got serum sicknessa few years ago, so am I likely to get it someday?
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Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 37 years experience
Serum sickness: Highly unlikely. I am not aware that serum sickness reactions portend reactions for other family members which we sometimes see in patient with ige mediated reactions to medications- though the studies are equivocal.
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A 38-year-old member asked:
What does having a high serum IgA mean?
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Rheumatology 48 years experience
Usaully gut!: Inflammation of the GI tract, usually subclinical, is present in all the seronegative arthopathies and IgA is frequently elevated. It is mostly made from lymph tissue ligning the small intestine, called peyer's patches. It is also elevated in regional enteritis and crohn's of the small intestine. In an older person, multiple myeloma must be excluded.
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A 36-year-old member asked:
What do high serum IgA levels mean?
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Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 30 years experience
Depends on values: Elevated IgA level might just represent an adequate response to an infection. If this is the case, when the infection is gone, the levels would come back to normal. Less common, they could be extremely high and might indicative of a proliferative disorder of the cells that produce the iga.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Why wouldneed a serum 5-nucleotidase measurement?
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Pathology 44 years experience
Old lab test: This is an old-fashioned liver function test; if elevated, it suggests that an elevated alkaline phosphatase is of liver origin.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Do all patient need a maternal serum AFP level test?
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Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
MSAFP: Most women elect to have an msafp since it screens for neural tube defects, which can be very severe birth defects. The test is only done in the second trimester of pregnancy. Some women elect not to have the test.
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