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Dr. Thomas Namey
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Immunology (Overview)

Immunology is a field of study in which a person studies the components of the immune system (such as lymph nodes, white blood cells, and antibodies), their functions, and their diseases. Because allergies are a reaction by a person's immune system, immunology usually includes the study of allergies. A doctor who specializes in problems of the immune system is called an immunologist.


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Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Being sent to a certified allergist for a complete allergy and immunology workup. I know what allergy test is but what does immunology work up entail?

Normal immune status: An immune evaluation is undertaken when your allergist is concerned about how well your immune system works. First, we look at antibody levels, IgG and the 4 subclasses, IgA (the most common Ig deficiency) , IgM and IgE (the allergic antibody). We also evaluate specific immune responses to different types of vaccines or illness. Usually tetanus and pneumococcal vaccine. (No room for full answer) ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Namey
150 doctors shared insights

Immunology (Overview)

Immunology is a field of study in which a person studies the components of the immune system (such as lymph nodes, white blood cells, and antibodies), their functions, and their diseases. Because allergies are a reaction by a person's immune system, immunology usually includes the study of allergies. A doctor who specializes in problems of the immune system is called an immunologist.


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What is immunology?

What is immunology?

Field of study: Immunology is the field of study of the immune system. This field is generally studied by allergists for the allergic aspects (IgE antibody) and people with immune system problems who have recurrent or severe infections (IgA, IgG, IgM). Rheumatologists study the immune system in regard to autoimmune (against self) diseases. The immune system protects us from infections but sometimes goes awry! ...Read more

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What are the branches of immunology?

What are the branches of immunology?

Innate and Adaptive: Innate immune cells such as neutrophils are our first-line defense and this type of immune system is found in most animals. Adaptive immune cells, such as T and B cells are able to become "memory" cells that allow us to build up immunity to viruses and bacteria that challenge us and try to attack us again. Vaccines help to boost our adaptive immunity so that we have a leg up on infections. ...Read more

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What is tumor immunology?

See below: Tumors are made of cells that have gone bad and started to grow and replicate regardless of the cells around them. Each tumor as it gets more and more abhorrent expresses a variety of proteins. These proteins can be detected with antibodies and quantitated. It is complex. ...Read more

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What is the significance of spleen in relation to immunology?

Spleen : In the absemce of the spleen, most infection is handled normally but a risk of severe infection with pneumococcus exists depending on the reason for spleen removal and the time after it. ...Read more

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What happens if your spleen is removed in terms of immunology?

What happens if your spleen is removed in terms of immunology?

Vaccines: It depends on your age. At minimum you will likely need yearly vaccines against meningitis and pneumonia. Otherwise your immune system should handle other diseases. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about immunology - hypersensitivity reactions?

Can you tell me about immunology - hypersensitivity reactions?

AKA Allergies: Immunologic hypersenstivity reactions are any reaction that occurs due to an overreaction or inappropriate reaction by your immune system. The most common example is allergies. Other examples include contact dermatitis, chronic hives, large local reactions to insect bites. There are some types of hypersensitivty that do not involve allergy type reactions, but they are rare. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about immunology and blood help needed for exam?

Question Unclear: Please clarify what you mean by immunology. Were there specific tests you are concerned about. ...Read more

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My immunology tests came back. Nuclear ab- a equivocal titre: 80 pattern: speckled. What does this mean?

Nothing by itself: A majority of people with positive antinuclear antibodies at or around this titer have no associated health issues. This is drawn only to shed light on other problems you may have. It's a screen for lupus / autoimmune hepatitis and a guide to the further workup, if any. ...Read more

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I want to write an assignment for 50 pages.I am confused in choosing a topic. I want to choose a topic which is very distinct in immunology?

Individual tumor med: Tumor immunology is a very hot topic right now. Researchers are working on developing approaches to treating cancers that involve taking a sample of a person's actual tumor and developing a vaccine just for that one patient to help them cure their own tumor . This would be expensive, but so are all the lengthy, destructive (toxic,scarring,debilitating) and painful events of fighting cancer . ...Read more

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