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Doctor insights on: Antibody Identification

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Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) for patients with antibody-negative myasthenia gravis; is it worth a trial?

Cellcept (mycophenolate mofetil) for patients with antibody-negative myasthenia gravis; is it worth a trial?

Yes: It is not clear exactly how the autoantibodies work. Antibody identification may not be 100 % and there may be other antibodies that have not been detected. Depending on what therapy has been tried CellCept (mycophenolate mofetil) may be appropriate. This is best discussed with your physician. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


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What exactly is an anti-streptococcal antibody titer?

What exactly is an anti-streptococcal antibody titer?

IgM or IgG anti stre: In general antibody titers are (blood or saliva or wherever the sample is )tests that measure the immunoglobulines associated to certain diseases (in this case streptococal)that indicate whether or not the body has developed defenses against. Igm elevated means a "recent" infection, IgG elevation means old or previous exposure. ...Read more

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Describe polyclonal and monoclonal antibody production?

Cells vs, animals: A monoclonal antibody is produced by in-vitro manipulation by expoanding a single cell making a desired antibody. Polyclonal antibodies are usually derived from immunizing an animal and colletcting its blood/serum containing the antibody. Polyclonal antibodies are a mixture of a large number of different cells. ...Read more

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What is the purpose of monoclonal antibodies?

What is the purpose of monoclonal antibodies?

Diagnosis and Rx: Monoclonal antibodies are used in many diagnostic tests. These are also used in the treatment of some tumors. However, monoclonal immunoglobulins in a person are markers of disease, especially multiple myeloma. ...Read more

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How do antibodies work in the immune system?

How do antibodies work in the immune system?

Complicated: Antibodies basically surround infectious organisms (usually bacteria) and help either neutralize them or lead to their destruction. ...Read more

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Husband works in health field had testing came back as having antibodies to herpes 1 what does that mean or me he has no signs of anything ?

Husband works in health field had testing came back as having antibodies to herpes 1 what does that mean or me he has no signs of anything ?

Past exposure: The vast majority of adults have IgG antibodies to Herpes 1. The odds are strong that you do as well. This just means that years ago, probably in childhood, he (like almost everyone) was exposed to that virus. He may (or may not) have gotten a cold sore. Most people with healthy immune systems keep it in in check & never get cold sores, but some do when under stress. If no symptoms not contagious. ...Read more

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I have thyroid nodule measuring 29×20 mm in size usg report indicate a hyperechoic structure with increased vascularity my TSH n antibody normal?

Indeterminate nodule: Hyper-echoic nodule has 5% chance of malignancy and the risk increases with large dominant nodule. 20-30% of all cancers are iso/hyper-echoic. Since this big nodule will be easy to biopsy - tissue diagnosis may be obtained to exclude malignancy. ...Read more