Immunoglobulins in heroin dependence

N. G. Desai, M. Vaswani, H. P. Jhingan

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Abstract

43 Heroin dependent subjects attending Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (DDTC) at AIIMS and 19 control subjects were studied for humoral immune factions. Significant rise in IgM levels was seen in the experimental group as compared to controls. High IgM levels did not have any correlation with liver abnormalities i.e. liver function tests. It appears to be a non-specific stimulation of IgM producing cells which may alter the immunologic competency of heroin addicts and possibly predispose them to infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)14-16
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology
Volume16
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1999

Keywords

  • Heroin dependence
  • IgM elevation
  • Immunoglobulins

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