What does a low IgG result mean?

What does a low IgG result mean?

What does a low IgG result mean?

An IgG deficiency is a health problem in which your body doesn’t make enough Immunoglobulin G (IgG). People with IgG deficiency are more likely to get infections. IgG deficiencies can occur at any age. When your body feels it is under attack, it makes special proteins called immunoglobulins or antibodies.

What is an abnormal IgG level?

IgG. High levels of IgG may mean a long-term (chronic) infection, such as HIV, is present. Levels of IgG also get higher in IgG multiple myeloma, long-term hepatitis, and multiple sclerosis (MS).

How can you tell the difference between immunoglobulins?

These are distinguished by the type of heavy chain found in the molecule. IgG molecules have heavy chains known as gamma-chains; IgMs have mu-chains; IgAs have alpha-chains; IgEs have epsilon-chains; and IgDs have delta-chains.

Can your IgG levels change?

It is important to consider that IgG subclass levels vary up or down over time, and the normal ranges used in different laboratories also vary. The “normal range” values are usually defined as those values found in 95% of normal individuals of that person’s age.

How many types of IgG are there?

IgG is composed of four subclasses: IgG1, IgG2, IgG3, and IgG4 [1-9]. The structure, genetics, and function of the IgG subclasses are reviewed in this section.

What foods raise IgG levels?

Due to exposure to different food antigens, the IgG concentrations were very low for foods that showed levels of IgG <1 U/mL, such as olives, peaches, tea, honey, red grapes, and zucchini. High levels were found for foods that showed concentrations of IgG >20 U/mL, such as processed cheese, cow milk, and common wheat.

What is the treatment for IgG deficiency?

Currently, the accepted therapy for IgG deficiency is the intravenous administration of 300-600 mg/kg of IgG once every 3-4 weeks, or 100-200 mg/kg/wk subcutaneously. Higher doses have been shown to be more effective in reducing infections in patients with histories of chronic or recurrent sinopulmonary infections.