Serum Total IgE Levels in Libyan Infants

Original article


J.D. Gupta 1, A.S.M. Giasuddin 2, K. Guwarsha 1, M. El-Fakhri 1

1-Department of Biochemistry. Faculty of Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, S.P.L.A.J. 2-Department of laboratory Medicine, Al-Arab Medical University, Benghazi, G. S.P.L.A.J.

Garyounis Medical Journal Vol.12, No.1-2. January 1989:29-31


Serum total IgE level was determined by a radioimmunoassay technique and reported for the first time in 17 normal Libyan infants (CS) age: 2-24 months, sex: 10 male, 7 female) and in 8 Libyan infants with bronchiolitis (TB) of 2-24 months, sex: 3 male, 5 female). The low levels of serum total IgE observed both in CS (Mean ± 7.71 ± 4.36 iu/ml; Range: 2-17 iu/ml) and TB (Mean ± 9.13 ± 3.82 iu/ml; Range: 5-15.5 iu/ml) were comparable with studies reported from other countries. It is recommended that the range of IgE values observed in CS (2-17 iuIml) may be used as a reference (control) value for laboratory diagnosis of clinical situations in Libyans where serum total IgE is elevated during the first 2 years of life. The probable reasons for finding similar serum total IgE levels in normal and bronchiolitis cases (CS vs TB: P>0.5) are also discussed.

Keywords: Serum Total IgE Levels in Libyan Infants