What is the role of isohemagglutinins testing in the workup of hypogammaglobulinemia?

Updated: Dec 26, 2018
  • Author: Elizabeth A Secord, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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IgM antibodies to A and/or B blood group antigens should be checked if the other tests results are normal and the patient is unable to mount a response to specific antigens. Antibodies to blood group antigens A or B would not be expected to be present if the patient's blood group is A or B respectively, or AB. These antibodies normally develop in the first year of life in response to ingestion of cross-reacting animal antigens in food.

The production of these antibodies is normal in protein-losing states, in contrast to extremely low levels in XLA.


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