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Immunoglobulin (Overview)

Immunoglobulins are antibodies produced by b cells. They have a y shaped configuration. They are involved in protecting us from bacteria and viruses.


Immunoglobulin (Overview)

Immunoglobulins are antibodies produced by b cells. They have a y shaped configuration. They are involved in protecting us from bacteria and viruses.


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Do foods contain immunoglobulins?

Do foods contain immunoglobulins?

Probably not...: Immunoglobulins (antibodies) are proteins used by the immune system to identify and eliminate unknown cells (like germs). They are found in body fluids like blood, tears, saliva, & breast milk. If foods are consumed raw or barely cooked, there is a chance that you are also consuming immunoglobulins from that animal. In most cases, the cooking or pasteurization process destroys these proteins. ...Read more

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Can anyone experienced with ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin) describe what one should expect?

Can anyone experienced with ivig (intravenous immunoglobulin) describe what one should expect?

General well tolerat: Ivig is a blood product that, in allergy, is used to treat those with immunodeficiency or a lack of igg ( that is the IG part of ivig). This is generally a well tolerated infusion but one can experience local discomfort from the insertion of the needle to infuse the ivig. Rarely, systemic reactions can occur including headache, nausea, hives and others. ...Read more

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Is intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) very effective for treating ulcerative colitis?

Not proven.: There are no studies in humans proving that ivig is effective for ulcerative colitis. There is one animal study that i could find that showed possible therapeutic benefit. ...Read more

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What does low immunoglobulin g subclass 2 on blood work mean?

Low gamma globulin: By itself, a slightly low level of one igg subclass is a very nonspecific finding. A very low level would be worrisome, but really, what is needed is to look at this information in the context of vaccine responses to Pneumovax vaccine. If the functional antibodies made by the immune system are at normal levels, the gross levels of antibody are less worrisome. ...Read more

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Is it safe to take rabies immune globulin while pregnant or breastfeeding?

Yes, IgG is safe: Immune globulin (igg) is concentrated antibodies, and helps protect against a variety of infections. It is safe for pregnant women, breastfeeding moms, and infants. Of course, there could be a rare allergic reaction on a rare occassion. Because IgG is purified from other people's blood plasma, there is also a very, very rare chance that something contagious could be transmitted in the injection. ...Read more

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Is there any side effects of immunoglobulin intravenous medication?

Is there any side effects of immunoglobulin intravenous medication?

Possiby: Intravenous immunoglobulin (ivig) is a blood product collected from donations from hundreds of individuals, so there is the theoretical possibility of typical transfusion problems i.e. Infection, reaction etc. In the U.S. However production of this product is so controlled and processing involves, detergent washing and treating the product, so it is less likely to cause problems. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have borderline low immunoglobulin m (igm) levels? Do they fluctuate that much?...Or nothing to worry about? Doc wasn't worried.

Don't worry: It may fluctuate but i won't be concerned with an isolated low igm, let alone a borderline low one. The immunoglobulin levels , like any other products produced by the body, do fluctuate a little with time but usually within a narrow range in a healthy person. Some levels may elevate in the presence of infections or allergen exposure. ...Read more

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What are structural differences of the immunoglobulins?

What are structural differences of the immunoglobulins?

Antibodies: Structural difference exist for all classes of antibody; igg, igm, iga, ige and igd. The structure of the antibody is insignificant when compared to the common ability to bind specifically to an antigen, typically a foreign protein or carbohydrate. Structural differences do account for different immune cell binding properties and also complement fixation (which helps in defense). ...Read more

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Immune Globulin (Definition)

The immune globulins are a class of blood proteins elaborated by the immune system to fight infection, and then remember the antigens of the infecting agent to use for ...Read more