, Volume 154, Issue 2, pp 157-160

Specific decrease of anti-pseudomonal IgA after anti-pseudomonal therapy in cystic fibrosis

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In patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) and chronic colonisation withPseudomonas aeruginosa, specific anti-pseudomonal IgG and IgA, as well as serum immunoreactive protein C, WBC and differential count, ESR, pulmonary function and chest radiograph score were determined before and after a 2 week intravenous course of anti-pseudomonal antibiotics in 32 cases of acute exacerbation of pulmonary infection. Specific anti-pseudomonal IgA but not specific anti-pseudomonal IgG decreased significantly after treatment. Log of anti-pseudomonal IgA but not log anti-pseudomonal IgG correlated well with disease severity as assessed by the Brasfield chest radiograph score (r 0.57), forced expiratory volume in 1 s (r 0.6) as well as C-reactive protein (r 0.62).