Does raised immunoglobulin m (igm) mean I have some disease?

High IgM. This is typically normal if seen on any one spot check. If it is high repeatedly on two or more checks, a test called " immunofixation" should be ordered to be sure it is not coming from only one population of blood cells; rarely, this could be due to a monoclonal gammopathy (a pre-cancerous condition). Or even rarer, a blood cell cancer called multiple myeloma.

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Why is secondary IgM deficiency seen in whipple's disease? I thought infection did not reduce immunoglobulin levels.

Protein-losing Enter. Protein-losing enteropathy is characterized by excessive loss of serum proteins into the gastrointestinal tract. Lymphopenia is a common finding associated with protein-losing enteropathy due to whipple disease. In addition to the loss of albumin, components of lymph are also lost into the bowel, including lymphocytes, immunoglobulins, as well as fat-soluble vitamins, lipids & cholesterol. Read more...

Have lupus. Being tested for possible autoimmune liver diseases. Recent blood work showed immunoglobulin M elevated at 470 (range 26-217).?

See below. 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, a single test like slightly elevated IgM is not meaningful. Lupus is a complicated illness and the individual needs to be treated, not a lab test result. Wish you good health. Read more...