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A 32-year-old member asked:

High levels of immunoglobulin, does it indicate an illness?

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Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Not usually: Serum immunoglobulins are subdivided into iga, igm, igg, IgD and ige. Ige is the allergic antibody and high levels of this can be seen in allergic conditions and rarely in immune deficiency. High levels of iga, igm, igg are generally thought of as being good as these antibodies protect us from infections. In some rheumatic conditions, immunogloublins can be elevated as a response to inflammation.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

What does a high immunoglobulin level mean for you?

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Dr. David Rosenthal
Allergy and Immunology 22 years experience
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 important to know if it is a "high" overall level, or a "high" level of a specific kind of igg, iga, igm, or ige. In general, a high ige means "allergy". High igg/a/m can mean different things depending on their specificity (total or specific).

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