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What are causes of elevated igm?

What are causes of elevated igm?

IgM: Igm is our first defense against bacteria, so if you have an active infection it can be the cause of this elevation. A chronically elevated igm may indicate an immunodeficiency. An immunologist can help you make the diagnosis. In rare cases it can be a malignancy. ...Read more

Dr. Gregory Lanza
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Immunoglobulin M (Definition)

There are 5 classes of immune proteins: igg, iga, igm, ige and igd. Igm fights infection. If you produce too little then infections may occur and you have hypogammaglobulinemia. If you have too much you ...Read more


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Can an elevated IgM be caused by an infection?

Can an elevated IgM be caused by an infection?

Possibly: An elevated igm could be benign or the sign of a more seious issues. Probably best to discuss with your doc. ...Read more

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21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

21 yr-old had 8 months of upper respiratory and urinary symptoms, felt caused by infections, and may have immune system disorder on test results.....?

Immune deficiency: Would like to know how low the IgG is . In this case I would consider a functional immune evaluation by studying his pre and post Pneumococcal 23, and Td immune response if the IgG is only borderline low. If it is very low, then IVIG is likely indicated (I have yet had a patient who can tolerate SCIG). I would also like to find out what the urinary culture results are. If they have not been revealing , then a PCR bacterial analysis would be indicated. The mucosal ulcerations is suggestive of an autoimmune disorder and I would include Reiter's syndrome in my diagnosis. ...Read more

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What do elevated levels of IgM mean?

What do elevated levels of IgM mean?

Depends: The "normal ranges" for all lab tests include 95% of the "normal" population; thus, 2.5% of people are above the upper limit, and 2.5% are below the lower limit. There's nothing to worry about if your values are a little bit above the normal range, but a very elevated IgM could be a sign of a problem. You need to check with the physician who ordered the tests to interpret your results. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a positive IgM p41 ab but IgM p39 ab. and IgM p23 ab. are negative? What causes p41 to be present?

What does it mean to have a positive IgM p41 ab but IgM p39 ab. and IgM p23 ab. are negative? What causes p41 to be present?

Unlikely lyme: P41 is not very specific for Lyme and 1.5 percent of general population may have it likely as protection against getting Lyme that is inherited rather than acquired. The other negative tests also confirm that u do not have it, but Lyme disease is a clinical diagnosis and all factors need to be considered. If you are still having symptoms, work with your doctor to get to the button of the problem ...Read more

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How dangerous can an elevated IgM level in a 4 year old be?

How dangerous can an elevated IgM level in a 4 year old be?

It depends: It depends on how high the level is. Normal igm levels vary depending on age. A high igm level at one age may be normal at another age. If the level is borderline elevated i would not be concerned. If it is 5 times the upper limit of normal then i would go to a hematologist. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I have elevated IgM levels in a 4 year old?

What do you recommend if I have elevated IgM levels in a 4 year old?

IgM levels: Elevated IgM levels to what?? Igm elevation usually means an active infection or a recent immunization. These levels are specific, though. For instance, if you contracted measles, the IgM level to measles rises over the first few weeks, and then usually disappears by 6-8 weeks after illness. So if child had shots or was recently sick, I'd want to see IgM levels rise for that specifically ...Read more

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Anticardiolipin IgM elevated, what does it mean?

Anticardiolipin IgM elevated, what does it mean?

Antiphospholipids: Autoimmune antibodies can be formed against natural (normal) cell surface proteins. When this happens, adverse effects can occur. Anti-cardiolipin antibodies have been associated with abnormal blood clotting events and recurrent spontaneous miscarrages. See a hematology specialist for advice on this problem. ...Read more

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Cardiolipin test IgM elevated what does it mean?

Cardiolipin: Read the following: you'll need to ask your dr. Why it was ordered and what the drs. Interpretation is: http://labtestsonline.Org/understanding/analytes/cardiolipin/tab/test. ...Read more