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What is gammopathy?

What is gammopathy?

Immoglobulin finding: If a person has an unusually large number of antibodies, but not a single one in great excess, we speak of a polyclonal gammopathy; it's never a specific finding. An abundance of a single antibody is a monoclonal antibody "spike" that is quite common but may indicate or precede (often by decades) plasma cell "multiple" myeloma. ...Read more

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Gammopathy (Definition)

A gammopathy is an abnormal gammaglobulin or gammaglobulin level. A monoclonal gammopathy is a single abnormal protein that can indicate a bone marrow cancer called multiple myeloma, or a lymphoma. Further evaluation is required to determine if a monoclonal gammopathy ...Read more


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What are the tests for gammopathy?

What are the tests for gammopathy?

Blood urine and bone: Blood tests. A serum protein electrophoresis.
Urine tests. Urine tests may be performed to determine if the abnormal protein is being released in the urine or to diagnose any kidney damage as a result of the protein.
Bone marrow tests. A bone marrow biopsy may be completed to determine the severity of the problem. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: gammopathy?

What is the definition or description of: gammopathy?

See below: A gammopathy is an abnormal gammaglobulin or gammaglobulin level. A monoclonal gammopathy is a single abnormal protein that can indicate a bone marrow cancer called multiple myeloma, or a lymphoma. Further evaluation is required to determine if a monoclonal gammopathy represents a serious disease. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for gammopathy?

What is the treatment for gammopathy?

Monoclonal gammopath: According to mayo clinic were the diease was discovered. No treatment is required for people diagnosed with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (mgus).
About 20 percent of people with mgus develop a more serious condition, such as multiple myeloma or other cancers or blood disorders. Therefore, careful observation and follow-up are important. ...Read more

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What is mild polyclonal gammopathy that's what the dr said I have but I haven't seen him yet?

What is mild polyclonal gammopathy that's what the dr said I have but I haven't seen him yet?

Means little alone: You have more antibodies on board than most people. Maybe you're just getting over an illness, or it's your celiac disease, or it's just you. This is meaningful only as part of a workup for other illness. ...Read more

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What is monoclonal gammopathy?

A tumor type: There are various grades of monoclonal gammopathy. The three types, in increasing order of malignancy are monoclonal gammapathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), smoldering myeloma and the last one, which is a cancer, multiple myeloma. ...Read more

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What is monoclonal gammopathy about?

MonoclonalGammopathy: Is paraproteinemia associated with multiple myeloma. The most important fact that it is not cancer. ...Read more

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What can cause monoclonal gammopathy?

What can cause monoclonal gammopathy?

Mayo Clinic say: Plasma cells are a type of white blood cell. They are found in your bone marrow. Plasma cells produce some of the antibodies that help your body fight infection. Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance occurs when plasma cells in your bone marrow produce an abnormal protein called monoclonal protein (m protein). ...Read more

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What's monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance?

MGUS: Is a common precancerous condition affecting people 50 years of age and older. It was first described by mayo clinic researchers in 1978 and is characterized by the presence of an abnormal protein in the blood called a (monoclonal) protein or m protein. Mgus has a small risk (1 percent each year) of progressing to a blood cancer called multiple myeloma or a related condition. ...Read more

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Can I treat a possible monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance at home?

Nope: You don't treat an mgus, it is a condition that can ultimately lead to multiple myeloma (risk is about 1% per year) but as of itself does not need therapy (assuming it was correctly diagnosed). You need to have labs checked at least 1 or 2 times a year so you should follow up with your doc indefinitely. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance?

What is the definition or description of: monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance?

A monoclonal: Gammopathy is an elevation in a specific type of immune protein in the blood. The work-up includes tests of urine protein, bones and blood production. If no serious associated disease is found then the clinical finding is called mgus. The patient is followed over time to see if the gammopathy becomes "significant." some patients declare themselves later with multiple myemoma or lymphoma. ...Read more

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I have for 3 years high rcp and esr and polyclonal gammopathy. Why? Should I investigate with my family Dr?

I have for 3 years high rcp and esr and polyclonal gammopathy. Why? Should I investigate with my family Dr?

Yes: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, All of the test results suggest chronic inflammation and it should be investigated. ...Read more

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What are possible causes of highly elevated ImM levels with low ImG levels with no monoclonal gammopathy present?

May not be a problem: This may depend on your genetic background and not be a medical problem. We would need an explanation of your problems, blurred vision, night sweats. Why are you on opiates ...Read more

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Is mononuclueosis associated at all with monoclonal gammopathy?

Is mononuclueosis associated at all with monoclonal gammopathy?

No: Ebv infection, the cause of mononucleosis is not usually related to monoclonal gammopathy. Ebv induced lymphoma may produce monoclonal gammopathy, but that would be an uncommon situation. ...Read more

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What is monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (mgus)?

Blood & urine tests: Mgus is the presence of an abnormal protrein in the blood made by a type of white blood cell called a plasmacyte. In most cases, it is at a low level and is something that just has to be followed. However, it can be the precursor of the disease called multiple myeloma and as such a hematologist or medical oncologist will order tests to rule this out which may include blood, urine and simple x-rays. ...Read more

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My IgM level went from normal to very low. Down to 28. What is going on? I am being followed for biclonal gammopathy. Should I worry

Keep Following: There are a number of variables which could be contributing to this and for the sake of brevity (i'm only allowed a 400 letter answer) I suggest that you keep your appointments with your specialist. ...Read more

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IgA lambda monoclonal gammopathy meaning?

It is a medical diso: A medical disorder where your body is making excess of proteins (Gamma Globulins). It can manifest in 2-3 different ways (MGUS or Multiple Myeloma). So you need your doctor to explain which of these conditions do you have and theen get further testing, monitoring and you may or may not need treatment depending on whether it is mGUS (early) or Myeloma (later developemnt...that is a type of Blood Cancer ...Read more

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Can monoclonal gammopathy cause osteomyelitis?

Can monoclonal gammopathy cause osteomyelitis?

Not realy: It's estimated that between 10 and 25 percent of people with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance develop a more serious condition, such as multiple myeloma or other cancers or blood disorders. Other complications include fractures and blood clots. ...Read more

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How reliable are blood tests that look for monoclonal gammopathy in elevated ImM levels? Are false negatives possible?

How reliable are blood tests that look for monoclonal gammopathy in elevated ImM levels? Are false negatives possible?

Very: The testing for gammoparhy at at the present time is very sensitive. The means by how this gets measured and analyzed is so sensitive that I can t out all of the different Antibody types. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with RA a couple years ago. Just did ife and pe serum and it is suggested an apparent polyclonal gammopathy. What is that?

I was diagnosed with RA a couple years ago. Just did ife and pe serum and it is suggested an apparent polyclonal gammopathy. What is that?

Active immune system: The part of blood that contains antibodies is gamma globulin. Polyclonal refers to the fact that many different antibodies are present. The increase in quantity reflects a broadly activated immune system cranking out lots of antibodies. This is common in autoimmune disease and is not a concern. ...Read more

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How does having polyclonal gammopathy correlate with lupus- I have lupus and polyclonal gammopathy does having this mean you have a more severe form of lupus, they did an spep be4 lupus and I had that?

Polyclonal gamma pat: Polyclonal gammoparhy is seen frequently in chronic inflammation/ autoimmune disorder etc. Lupus is certainly one of the condition that causes/ associated with polyclonal gammopathy. The presence of polyclonal gammopathy does not tell you whether the lupus will be more severe or less severe. Discuss with your rheumatologist further. ...Read more

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Can a monclonal IgM kappa light chain gammopathy turn into macrogobulinemia-waldenstrom?

Yes it is possible: It would be one of differntial diagnosis. You need a bone marrow biopsy basically to check if this is caused by plasma cells or lymphplasmacytic cells etc. ...Read more

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Can you have a monoclonal gammopathy (and not mgus) while having a normal CBC w/differential?

Can you have a monoclonal gammopathy (and not mgus) while having a normal CBC w/differential?

Yes you can: CBC typically remains normal unless the bone marrow is heavily involved by multiple myeloma. Please check what the cause of your monoclonal gammopathy if it is not mgus? ...Read more

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Free kappa light chain is high, FLC ratio is 2.205, no monoclonal gammopathy. IgA 389.43, lgM 125.95 and lgG 1771.02 H. Should we be worried? Thanks.

No: Abnormal FLC ratio is not diagnostic of any disease. More than 50% of the people with increased levels of gamma globulins have abnormal FLC ratio without a disorder of the plasma cells. ...Read more

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Can a IgM kappa light chain monoclonal gammopathy turn into macroglobulinemia?

Can a IgM kappa light chain monoclonal gammopathy turn into macroglobulinemia?

IgM is macroglobulin: Macroglobulinemia is the term for monoclonal igm. However what you described is confusing/erroneous term, igm kappa is not light chain gammopathy. Igm kappa, by definition is macroglobulin. ...Read more

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In protein's electrophoresis Is polyclonal gammopathy alway pathological? Thanks

Need more info: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, What is total gamma globulin level? If it is more than 2.0 gm/dL it needs to be evaluated. There are many causes of polyclonal gammopathy., and some of those are serious. ...Read more

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What does elevated Igg-2364 and gamma globulin 2.2 mean with polyclonal gammopathy and Kappa and lambda typing increased?

Nothing serious: Polyclonal gammopathy does not have the seriousness of monoclonal gammpathy. Firstly your IgG and total globulin levels are only mildly elevated, so It may not mean any disease. One cause is chronic inflammation (infections) such as Chronic arthritis or chronic liver disease, conditions which can be checked out or ruled out easily if you ask your doctor and seek his/her advice about it. ...Read more

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I had a blood test done, what does it mean? Kappa monoclonal gammopathy. Is this rare? Does this mean cancer? Is this anything to worry about?

Not necessarily: You don't tell me why the test was done in the first place. Kappa chain is one of 2 light protein chains that are part molecule of an immunoglobulin. In your case, it is half of an igg. Even if you are asymptomatic, you may develop a problem over 20 years. If you have symptoms, you need further evaluation. If there is no specialist where you live, go to the university of washington in seattle. ...Read more