|Lymphoma IgM Level- what level is worrisome?
Dec 8, 2002
At what IGM level in a lymphoma patient, like me, is chemo treatment necessary?
Response from Dr. Dezube
IgM levels measure the amount of immunoglobulins (natural antibodies) are in your blood. The letters IgM stand for Immunoglobulins of the M class. We usually base treatment decisions on factors other than the IgM level. Do you have a tumor somewhere? what's happening to it? IgM levels are typically only followed for a very specific type of lymphoma called Waldenstrom's disease. This is a lymphoma that HIV-infected patients typically do NOT get. We also follow immunoglobulin levels of other classes (i.e. not the M class) for patients with myeloma. Occasionally we look at IgM levels in HIV-lymphoma, but we don't necessarily base treatment decisions on them. It is also very important to know if your IgM level is monoclonal (more worrisome) or polyclonal (less worrisome). Your health care provider should have that information.
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