Journal of Clinical Immunology

, Volume 36, Issue 8, pp 810–817 | Cite as

Asthma and Hypogammaglobulinemia: an Asthma Phenotype with Low Type 2 Inflammation

  • Clairelyne Dupin
  • Sylvain Marchand-Adam
  • Olivier Favelle
  • Romain Costes
  • Philippe Gatault
  • Philippe Diot
  • Leslie Grammatico-Guillon
  • Laurent GuilleminaultEmail author
Original Article



Little is known about hypogammaglobulinemia (HGG) in asthma patients. No data are available on the characteristics of adult patients with asthma and HGG.


We conducted a retrospective monocentric study between January 2006 and December 2012. Asthma patients with a serum immunoglobulin (Ig) quantitative analysis were included and classified into two groups depending on their serum IgG concentration: presence or absence of HGG. Clinical, biological, functional, and radiologic characteristics were compared in univariate and multivariate analysis, using a logistic regression model.


In univariate analysis, asthma patients with HGG (n = 25) were older (58 years old ± 18 vs 49 ± 18, p = 0.04) and more frequently active or former smokers as compared to patients with normoglobulinemia (n = 80) (56.0 vs 35.0 %, p = 0.01). Total IgE < 30 kUI/L was more frequently observed in patients with HGG (53.0 vs 18.3 %, p = 0.01). HGG asthma patients had lower fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (p = 0.02), blood eosinophilia (p = 0.0009), and presented with more severe composite score for bronchiectasis (p = 0.01). In multivariate analysis, asthma patients with HGG had increased risk of being smokers [OR = 6.11 (IC 95 % = 1.16–32.04)], having total IgE concentration < 30 kUI/L [OR = 12.87 (IC 95 % = 2.30–72.15)], and a more severe composite score of bronchiectasis [OR = 20.65 (IC 95 % = 2.13–199.74)].


Asthma patients with HGG are older and more often tobacco smoker than asthma patients without HGG. These patients have low type-2 inflammation markers.


hypogammaglobulinemia immunoglobulin G asthma inflammation 


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Conflict of Interest

The authors declare no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clairelyne Dupin
    • 1
  • Sylvain Marchand-Adam
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Olivier Favelle
    • 4
  • Romain Costes
    • 5
  • Philippe Gatault
    • 6
  • Philippe Diot
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Leslie Grammatico-Guillon
    • 5
    • 7
  • Laurent Guilleminault
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  1. 1.CHRU Tours, Service de Pneumologie et explorations fonctionnelles respiratoiresHôpital BretonneauTours CedexFrance
  2. 2.Université François RabelaisToursFrance
  3. 3.INSERM, Centre d’Etude des Pathologies RespiratoiresToursFrance
  4. 4.CHRU Tours, Groupement d’imagerie médicaleToursFrance
  5. 5.CHRU Tours, service d’information médicale, d’épidémiologie et d’économie de la santéToursFrance
  6. 6.CHRU Tours, Service de néphrologieToursFrance
  7. 7.Equipe Emergente EE1 Education Ethique SantéUniversité François-RabelaisToursFrance

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