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What does it mean echinococcus antibody?

What does it mean echinococcus antibody?

Exposure: It means that you have been exposed to echinococcus- the dog tape worm. If it is an igm antibody, it means a recent exposure. If it is just igg antibody, then it means you have been exposed to it sometime in the past. ...Read more

Antibody (Definition)

An antibody is a protein the body's immune system makes to identify potentially harmful substances in the body. Antibodies attach to the substance on a molecular level and mark it so the immune ...Read more


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What does a highly elevated antinuclear antibody result mean exactly? Does it mean sle?

What does a highly elevated antinuclear antibody result mean exactly? Does it mean sle?

Not necessarily: In addition to sle a positive ana(antinuclear antibody) can be seen in a number of medical conditions, secondary to certain medications, and in otherwise healthy individuals. Therefore a positive ANA does not necessarily indicate the presence of sle. ...Read more

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Cardiolipin ab what does it mean?

Cardiolipin: It is antibody from lupus family as well. Cane be seen in disease as syphilis, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis. It can affect pregnancy adversely so the pregnancy with this antibodies is considered high risk. ...Read more

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What does thalassemia mean exactly?

What does thalassemia mean exactly?

Start with this link: There are several types. This is a good starting resource. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000587.htm ...Read more

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What does rubella reactive means?

What does rubella reactive means?

Immunity: It means you've had rubella or the vaccine and cannot be infected. ...Read more

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What does it mean if rubella titer is positive?

What does it mean if rubella titer is positive?

You R protected: A positive rubella titer means your body has developed a protective level of antibodies to the rubella virus. You either had rubella or had an immunization.To a woman it means you will not need to worry during pregnancy that your fetus will suffer the devastating effects of rubella. That virus can cause miscarriage, organ damage, blindness & deafness if it strikes during pregnancy. ...Read more

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What does agammaglobulinemia mean?

What does agammaglobulinemia mean?

No IgG: Disease of plasma cells or b cells in which inadequate ( very low or none) amounts of antibodies (globulin) of the gamma type are produced. The cause is primarily an x linked genetic mutation. ...Read more

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What does a high immunoglobulin mean ?

What does a high immunoglobulin mean ?

How high?: Minimally elevated probably not worth worrying about. Very or moderately high requires a test - serum immunoelectrophoresis - to rule-out multiple myeloma. Minimally high bears repeating twice a year. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I have hla antibodies?

What does it mean if I have hla antibodies?

Depends: Women who have been pregnant often have HLA antibodies. Their blood can cause side effects if transfused. If you need an organ transplant, it may make it more difficult to find compatible organ. Otherwise it is harmless. ...Read more

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What does my EBV IgG mean?

What does my EBV IgG mean?

EBV: It means that you were exposed to epstein barr virus at one time in your life. About 80% of the population has joined you in this. ...Read more

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What do high IgA serum mean? Does it mean allergies?

What do high IgA serum mean?  Does it mean allergies?

No, IgE = allergies: A high ige is associated with allergies, parasitic infections and some rarer medical conditions. A slightly high IgA is a nonspecific finding and may not be clinically significant. If it's extremely high, like ten times normal, it could mean a plasma cell abnormality, like multiple myeloma. Autoimmune diseases may also cause IgA to become elevated. Ask an immunologist to evaluate you if concerned. ...Read more

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What does the herpes antibody test mean if someone is pos.

What does the herpes antibody test mean if someone is pos.

Virus in the body: If the antibody for HSV (1 or 2) is positive, it means the person was infected with the virus and the virus is in the persons nerves forever, even if there are no outward signs of an infection. The person can pass the virus to her/his contacts even if there is no sore or rash. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you Rh negative?

What does it mean when you Rh negative?

Part of blood type: The rh protein is found on red blood cells in some people (rh positive) and not in others (rh negative). It really has no health consequences either way, except when an rh(-) women has multiple children with a rh(+) man. She can develop antibodies to rh which can cause problems for 2nd child onward. This problem, however, can be safely dealt with by your ob. ...Read more

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What exactly does it mean to have b positive blood type?

What exactly does it mean to have b positive blood type?

Blood typing: In general there are 4 major blood groups, a, b, ab and o, signifying the presence/absence of certain molecules on the red cell surface. Type a has only "a" molecule; type b has only "b" molecule; type ab has both and type o has neither. The "positive" and "negative" reference refers to the presence/absence of rh molecule on the red cell surface. O positive is the most common blood group. ...Read more

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What does it mean by complement activation?

What does it mean by complement activation?

Complement : Is a series of immune proteins that are usually cause a "chain reaction" of events that lead to inflammation and when activated by infection, hormonal changes, etc., it will cause this chain reaction to start aka complement activation. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have HSV IgM detected?

What does it mean to have HSV IgM detected?

HSV antibodies: Igm is always the first antibody your body produces in response to an infection. After awhile, your body "switches" to making igg for long-term immunity. Once it starts making igg, it slows down in producing igm, and eventually stops making it. So if you have igm, it means you have had the infection, and you acquired it relatively recently. If you only have igg, it means you had it longer ago. ...Read more

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What does autoimmune mean? 

What does autoimmune mean? 

Body attacks itself: In autoimmune disease your immune system attacks your own body. This causes serious problems like colitis, thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis & lupus. There are often genetic predispositions but there is growing evidence that microbes and environmental toxins such as molds, heavy metals & pesticides play a key role. A well-written book on this is http://www.Donnajacksonnakazawa.Com/blog/?Page_id=7. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have negative thyroid antibodies?

The body...: Is not attacking its own thyroid; some people have these antibodies which means it is attacking its own thyroid. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have AB positive blood type?

What does it mean to have AB positive blood type?

It's a good thing...: You have one of the more rare blood types. It is in about 3% of the population. But the good news is, AB positive is known as the "Universal Recipient". That means in case of an emergency, you can receive a transfusion from anybody. ...Read more