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What Does Low Ig M Level Mean
what is difference between IgM and IgG for western blot for lyme. positive for IgM but not IgG, what does that mean? tks
Recent infection: Hi. IgM is present only with recent infection. After IgM levels fall away, IgG takes over for ongoing and recurrent exposure to antigen. (The antibodies in this picture are IgG's). I'm glad your doc was on the ball. She/he may have saved you a world of hurt by making the diagnosis promptly. Good luck! ...Read more
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My son has had bloods done there is low levels of IgA and igm. But IgG is normal what does this mean?
Make sure the: Report was interpreted in the context of your son's age. The normals are not the same as adults. ...Read more
Depends: The "normal ranges" for all lab tests include 95% of the "normal" population; thus, 2.5% of people are above the upper limit, and 2.5% are below the lower limit. There's nothing to worry about if your values are a little bit above the normal range, but a very elevated IgM could be a sign of a problem. You need to check with the physician who ordered the tests to interpret your results. ...Read more
IgM and IgA: Low levels of IgA and IgM may mean that you have an immune deficiency. If they are only slightly low and your igg is normal and you are able to respond to vaccines and do not have a lot of infections, there may be nothing to worry about. We need a lot of history and additional blood tests to understand what any particular level of antibodies in the blood means. ...Read more
IgA, IgM: Were they low to start with? Did you attemt to treat them? Some variation is testing as well as the body is normal. Should be same lab, same method, similar results. ...Read more
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
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
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