Immunoglobulin E - serum

Last updated: Wednesday, 17, March, 2004

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Item Process
Specimen

2-5 mL blood in plain tube.

Method

Immunoassay.

Reference Interval

Levels vary in childhood according to age and are reduced in the elderly.

Application

Very limited role in the identification of atopy. May be useful for monitoring allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis.

Interpretation

There is a large overlap between atopic and non-atopic individuals which limits the value of this test.

See also allergen specific ImmunoglobuliN E.

Reference

Hamilton RG. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2003; 111:2: 687-701.