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What Does Low Ig M Level Mean
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
Need to look at T3 (liothyronine): And free t4. Low tsh, depending on the sensitivity of the assay, indicates thyroid hyper-function. However, the suspected hyperthyroidism needs to be confirmed with high levels of T3 (liothyronine) and free t4. All lab tests need to be evaluated in the clinical context and it would be prudent to take up the issue with your doctor. ...Read more
Nothing bad: Iga is the amount of immunoglobulin a and it can be measured in the blood serum and less commonly in the saliva. While a low amount of serum IgA may predispose some people to recurrent infections, an elevated serum IgA is nothing to worry about. It means the person is making good amounts of antibody. ...Read more
Thanks for asking!: Mch stands for mean corpuscular hemoglobin (average amount of hemoglobin per red blood cell). It is one of the parameters in the red cell index of a CBC test. A low MCH may indicate iron deficiency anemia from dietary insufficiency or blood loss. Further work-up and clinical correlation is suggested. ...Read more
All results: 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, it would have been helpful to have all the results and actual values of the results. One possibility is deficiency of iron and folic acid and/or B12. ...Read more
Low hemoglobin/RBC.: This simply means there is a low mean corpuscular hemoglobin concentration (mchc), or a low average amount of hemoglobin for each red blood cell. It is a measure of the concentration of hemoglobin in a given volume of packed red blood cells. Mchc is low in microcytic anemias, like iron deficiency anemia, and thalassemia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Immunodeficiency: Immunoglobulin g, igg, is an antibody, a protein that the immune system makes to help fight infection. Igg floats around in the blood stream and helps fight bacteria and viruses. An igg level of 3 is exceedingly low. In most labs, a normal igg level is around 700. Low igg can predispose you to having recurrent infections. You should see an immunologist about igg replacement. ...Read more
Need more info: Lab test results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and is best done by the doctor who ordered the test as s/he likely knows your health history. A doctor needs to know the actual values of the results and more clinical information. ...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
Blood urea nitrogen : Or bun, is an indicator of kidney function, fluid balance, muscle turnover (breakdown and rebuilding). Normal BUN is between 7 and 20. A low BUN could be seen in a person with lower muscle mass or low muscle use (ex a paraplegic person) where there is less muscle turnover than in more active people. This could also suggest malnutrition. A low BUN could also be seen in liver failure, pregnancy. ...Read more
Stress: Cortisol is produced by our adrenal glands and we release more cortisol in response to stress. This could be either emotional stress or physiological stress such as low blood sugar, allergic reactions, toxic exposures etc. Rarely it could be a sign of cushing's disease (hyperadrenalism) or an adrenal tumor but this is unlikely, a holistic doctor may help you determine the source of stress. ...Read more
More workup: Currently, it points to hyperthyroidism but you need to complete the work up to know for sure. At the very least, i would repeat the TSH along with the free hormones T4 and t3 (liothyronine). If they also point to hyperthyroidism, then proceed further to find the exact cause for this. Tsh alone does not give you a complete picture. ...Read more
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