Elevated total serum immunoglobulin E (>1000 IU/mL): implications?

T. R. Tay, J. Bosco, H. Aumann, R. O'Hehir, M. Hew

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Atopic eczema, allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis, helminthic infections and rare primary immunodeficiencies are known to elevate total serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) above 1000 IU/mL. However, of 352 patients with IgE >1000 IU/mL seen in our hospital over a 5-year period, less than 50% had these conditions. Markedly elevated IgE levels in the rest of the patients were associated with asthma, allergic rhinitis and food allergy, instances where the test is of limited diagnostic utility.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)846-849
Number of pages4
JournalInternal Medicine Journal
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2016


  • allergic broncho-pulmonary aspergillosis
  • atopy
  • eczema
  • immunoglobulin E

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