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Severe iron deficient anemia 12 yrs.mvp.new diagnosis of hepc.headaches.swollen spre tounge.require IV iron q 4mo. 417 IgM 8.2hgb 25hct iron low of 12. progn?

Severe iron deficient anemia 12 yrs.mvp.new diagnosis of hepc.headaches.swollen spre tounge.require IV iron q 4mo. 417 IgM 8.2hgb 25hct iron low of 12. progn?

Probably excellent: If society is wise enough to provide the new hepatitis C treatment to everyone at a reasonable cost, getting rid of hepatitis C will probably benefit you greatly. You need to find out why you are iron deficient -- a workup by a competent physician is in order, checking for malabsorption, ulcer, hookworm, tumor, more. Once done this will help greatly. ...Read more

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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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What does low level of IgM mean?

What does low level of IgM mean?

Maybe nothing?: Igm is a type of antibody you make to help fight infections. Slightly low igm by itself may not mean anything (i.e., your nature level). If it is very low, or other antibodies are also low (or not functioning), it may be a sign of immune deficiency that can lead to more infections. If you have ?S, see a clinical immunologist. They can help determine if your immune system is functioning properly. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have a low IgM level?

What does it mean to have a low IgM level?

Immune test: The body normally makes immunoglobulins iga, igg, igm, ige and igd. Low or absent IG levels are seen in patients with recurrent infections. A low igm level that is clinically relevant usually occurs in the presence of a low igg and/or IgA level. It is always best to treat a patient, not a number. If a person is otherwise healthy and only has lower igm, usually no worries. ...Read more

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What does it mean that I have a low IgM level?

What does it mean that I have a low IgM level?

Low IgM: Low IgM levels in and of themselves are not common, but can occur. If they occur with low IgG levels or with other clinical symptoms the diagnosis can be different. Isolated low IgM can be caused by a variety of factors, and often eventually resolves. See an immunologist for further evaluation to determine the cause. ...Read more

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About 10 years ago, my IgM was very, very low.  Hasn't been tested since.  Can it have come up or will it always be low?

How low was low?: Selective IgM deficiency is a very rare condition, and the mere fact that you are fine means that you have an intact immune system despite the possibility of low IgM. That was a single reading, could have been affected by a disease you had then or a medication you were on, readings differ with age, many normal people have 2SD readings less than normal range.If you're otherwise healthy don't bother ...Read more

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What are the signs of cancer because I have a low igm?

What are the signs of cancer because I have a low igm?

See below: Low IgM does not put you at increased risk of cancer. The signs and symptoms of cancer depend on the organ and type of cancer. You wish to consult this site for details. http://www.cancer.gov/ ...Read more

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Is there a link between coeliac disease and a low igm?

Is there a link between coeliac disease and a low igm?

Maybe: Celiac disease has been associated with decreased spleen function, an important organ in the immune system. And decreased IGM producing cells have been noted in celiac patients with low spleen function. I don't think anyone has come up with a mechanism yet so it is only an association at this point. ...Read more

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My son has low IgM and high white cells. Everything else is normal. What does this mean?

My son has low IgM and high white cells. Everything else is normal. What does this mean?

High white cell?: Low IgM per se is unlikely to be of major clinical importance but a persistently high WBC requires further evaluation by a hematologist in the absence of an acute or chronic infection. On the other hand, a transiently elevated WBC (no more than a week duration) is likely from an acute infection be it viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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My IgM levels are very low all the others are on the low side but not excessively I have suffered ill health since childhood can you shed any light?

My IgM levels are very low all the others are on the low side but not excessively I have suffered ill health since childhood can you shed any light?

Not significant?: Good morning, low levels of igm by itself may not be significant. However, you have had health problems since childhood. There is a condition known as selective igm deficiency in which there is an absence of igm and normal levels of igg and iga. Igm does play a role in fighting infection as it is the first antibody produced in an acute infection. About 2.5% of people have lower than normal igm lev. ...Read more