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Is a normal but lowering globulin indicative of autoimmune disease all other bloodwork normal?

Is a normal but lowering globulin indicative of autoimmune disease all other bloodwork normal?

See below: A decreasing globulin is not necessarily associated with an autoimmune process. ...Read more

Dr. Tracy Lovell
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Autoimmune Disease (Definition)

In auto immune disease the enemy is from with in . As name implies "auto" is self and "immune " is immune system . One 's own immune system for unknown reason turns against self and destroys or damages tissues or cells . List of auto immune disease are many and growing . End result is destruction of of tissues such as thyroid , pancreas or cells such as white ...Read more


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My 4 yo son recently had some bloodwork done. C4 complement level was 14, C3 complement was 148. Risk for autoimmune disease? C4 is just barely normal

My 4 yo son recently had some bloodwork done. C4 complement level was 14, C3 complement was 148. Risk for autoimmune disease? C4 is just barely normal

No: And depends on history, physical exam and why the test was ordered. Auto immune disorders are vast, not a single blood test result makes the diagnosis, which is rather a complex one. Ask your doctor about the result and the logic behind ordering the test, wish you and your son wellness ...Read more

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Do autoimmune diseases normally cause inflammation?

Abnormally: The basis of autoimmune disease is inflammation. No inflammation then no autoimmune disease or autoimmune disease that is under control. ...Read more

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If I have indifferentiated autoimmune disease symptoms and my blood counts have been consistently "low normal" for years, what could that mean?

If I have indifferentiated autoimmune disease symptoms and my blood counts have been consistently "low normal" for years, what could that mean?

R/O CVD: CVD = COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE. The classic one are LUPUS & RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. UCVD=UNDIFFERENTIATED COLLAGEN VASCULAR DISEASE. This means that you have some but not all the criteria to meet a specific diagnosis. Make sure to follow up with s good RHEUMATOLOGIST. ...Read more

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Is it normal to be diagnosed w/an autoimmune disease after beating cancer?

Is it normal to be diagnosed w/an autoimmune disease after beating cancer?

Yes it can: I have seen sjogren's and rheumatoid diagnosed after lymphoma. Have seen rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis diagnosed after breast and prostate. Are they a coincidence---hard to say, but in the case of lymphoma---rituxan is used to treat lymphoma and it also approved to treat rheumatoid as well---it targets the same cd19/cd20 cell that is involved in both processes. ...Read more

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Are cataracts normal at age 46? Or could it be associated with my disc degeneration...Or be an underlying autoimmune disease?

Are cataracts normal at age 46? Or could it be associated with my disc degeneration...Or be an underlying autoimmune disease?

Can occur at any age: You are a bit young, but cataracts can occur at any age and even in newborns (congenital cataracts). Incidence increases with age. However, chronic inflammation within the eyes (uveitis) can lead to early cataract. Diabetes can lead to early cataract. Systemic or local (injections or inhaled or topical) steroids (prednisone type meds) can cause early cataract. ...Read more

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Esr is elevated but my ANA and CRP are normal! does this mean that i don't have an autoimmune disease?

Esr is elevated but my ANA and CRP are normal! does this mean that i don't have an autoimmune disease?

Autoimmune disorders: Esr is an inflammatory marker tha is elevated in inflammatory disorders, anemia , pregnancy, , kidney cancers , tb, lymphoma to name a few. It measures rate at which red cells sediment in a test tube in 1 hour. It is used more to monitor response to treatmemt is such disorders and helps in diagnosis of certain conditions. Esr can be elevated with negative ANA in several autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Is it normal for a 17yo to have iritis? I'm worried that I have an autoimmune disease as well because the iritis has affected both my eyes.

Is it normal for a 17yo to have iritis? I'm worried that I have an autoimmune disease as well because the iritis has affected both my eyes.

Not normal : You need to see an eye doctor for further evaluation. The bilateral nature of your disease is concerning and needs prompt evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Autoimmune (Definition)

The immune system developed to tell our own, normal cells (self) from foreign and abnormal cells (non-self). This lets the immune system eliminate viruses, bacteria, fungi and cancer cells from our body without harming normal cells. Sometimes the immune system fails to tell self from non-self and it attacks normal cells, for example in ...Read more