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Question: Abnormal Immunoglobulin M results

 celeste - Tue May 29, 2007 4:05 pm

Age: 42, female.

Hashimoto Thyroiditis.
Neurocardiogenic Syncope

I have been very sick the last 9 months but am feeling much better. Symptoms were vertigo, extreme fatigue, night sweats, unexplained rash and itching.

However just got back the following labs.

Immunoglobulin M 345H (48-271)
G 909 (694-1618)
A 146 (81-463)

Other tests:
WBC 10.7 (3.8-10.8)
RBC 4.57 (4.20-5.10)
MCH 33.4 H 27-33)
Absolute Neutrophils 6998 (up from 3556 in March) 1500-7800

Natural Killer Cells (March testing)
WBC Lymphs, absolute 908 low normal (850-3900)
CD3/CD16+CD56+ (ABS) 117 low normal )70-760)

Any inputs and what else we should look at.

All tests were neg. for allergies.
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Tue May 29, 2007 9:47 pm

User avatar Your elevated Immunoglobulin M (IgM) level is consistent with a recent infection that your body is fighting off. The low lymphocyte count is also consistent with a recent infection causing a shift to neutraphil types of white blood cells. Inflammation in general can also cause this shift.

Given your symptoms you may want to look into an infection such as valley fever (depending on where you live) or histoplasmosis.

Beyond this, I really can't say much. The lab findings are very non-specific.

Best wishes.
 celeste - Wed May 30, 2007 6:02 am

Thanks Dr. Lowe:

Would you suggest seeing a hematologist or Immunologist or Infectious desease Dr.?

I live in Florida but got really sick after two trips out of country. Australia and China.. Did live in the NE for a long time as well.


 Dr. Chan Lowe - Wed May 30, 2007 4:54 pm

User avatar If your symptoms are not getting better an infectious disease doctor may be of great help. There is probably no need to see an allergist/immunologist at this point.

Best wishes.
 celeste - Thu Jan 03, 2008 6:00 pm

Dear. Dr. Lowe:

I finally got diagnosed with an infectious disease afer 1.5 yrs. Rather a rare one, Q-Fever (Coxiella Bruneti) . I just stared Doxy but my local I.D. doctor has never treated Q-Fever and is consulting for more info . My last test results from the endocrinologists show that my MCH is creeping up as well. Could this be related to the Q-fever or unrelated?

Cox. Burneti:
Phase I IgG 1/256 ( ref < 1/16)
Phase II IgG: 1/512 (< 1/16)
Phase I IgM: 1/128 (< 1/16
Phase II IgM: 1/128 (< 1/16

I am also posting my other out of range and latest labs.

Potassium 3.4L
Immunoglobulin M
MCV 97.7 (80-100)
MCH 33.7H (27-33.0)
Thyroid nodules
 Dr. Chan Lowe - Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:35 pm

User avatar Hi Celeste,

Thanks for the update. Q-fever is not particularly common but certainly still exists. I'm glad you were able to find an answer.

Regarding your MCV, the most common cause of an elevated MCV/MCH is a folate deficiency. It may also simply be normal at this point. If you aren't taking a multivitamin this would be a good idea to be sure you are getting enough folate. Otherwise it should probably just be followed at this point.

Best wishes.
 celeste - Thu Jan 17, 2008 12:42 pm

Thanks already started with supplements.

Happy 2008

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