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A 59-year-old female asked:
Dr. Elizabeth Wallen
34 years experience in Pediatrics
It's normal: Low is good. Forget about it.

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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Insufficient info: All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. It wou ... Read More
A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience in Rheumatology
Probably nothing: Generally nothing. It usually has no clinical significance although it can be low in severe liver disease such as cirrhosis.
A 47-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Get worked up: His physician will probably repeat these with him off alcohol and all meds after two weeks. If they're normal, that's his warning. If not, a workup fo ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
What is the actual: Value? Low mean platelet volume may be normal.
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Low RDW is good: Rdw refers to the variation in the size of red blood cells. Normal value is from 11.5 to 14.5. There is preliminary evidence that high RDW values may ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jan
Dr. M. Jan answered
65 years experience in Family Medicine
Mononucleosis: An infection where neck gland become enlarged, fever, weakness and is easily treated.
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Liver function: Gamma glutamyl transferase (GGT) is a marker of liver cell injury.
A 52-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joseph Rank
Specializes in Pathology
Platelets: The platelet count often is abbreviated as plt. The is one important measure of clotting ability.
A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Numbers are numbers: Numbers are just numbers, so the significance of them must be looked at in the context of a patient's real-life situation. From a purely numbers ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Jan
Dr. M. Jan answered
65 years experience in Family Medicine
Probably anemia: When hemoglobin and hematocrit are also low, thisis called anemia, and is treated easily by takinf ferrous sulphate 5 gr. Daily for few months.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Morell
28 years experience in Rheumatology
If: Slightly elevated probably not much. Of concern will be a low number, suggesting immunosuppression, or a very high one suggesting some proliferative d ... Read More
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
Lymphocytosis: Lymphocytosis is is an increase in white blood cells called lymphocytes. Usually the number is temporary rise in the number of lymphocytes after an i ... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jack Rubin
47 years experience in Nephrology and Dialysis
Abnormal blood : Please give us the total white blood cell (WBC) count, the percentage of polymorphs and lymphocytes you had reported on the test result form. This wil ... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience in Pathology
Keep testing : Most labs are set up so that a few percent of healthies come out a bit high. You are getting worked up for pheochromocytoma, I bet. You will get seem ... Read More
A 35-year-old male asked:
Dr. Vinod Shidham
Specializes in Pathology
Acute inflammation: Mostly due to acute infections and acute inflammatory processes. But rare causes include leukemia (require study of peripheral blood smear and other t ... Read More
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A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Need more info: Results of lab tests need to be interpreted in the context of whole health status. What test did you have and what was the actual result? It would be ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Liver injury: Liver enzymes such as ALT are elevated due to injury to liver cells. If you drink alcohol, stop entirely. You may need to be evaluated for hepatitis a ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience in Infectious Disease
Danger: There are several potential causes for hypoglycemia (low blood glucose). It may mean overproduction of Insulin (from a variety of sources); excessiv ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Anita Prakash
28 years experience in Cardiology
Biomarker: High sensitivity CRP first of all not just CRP is a surrogate risk factor for developing heart disease. Age, cholesterol, fam hx, and tobacco use are ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. Lewis Hassell
38 years experience in Pathology
RDW: RDW=red cell distribution width. This is a statistical measure or the degree of variation in sizes of the red cells. It is a useful parameter ini clas ... Read More
A 73-year-old female asked:
Dr. Su Fairchild
23 years experience in Integrative Medicine
Need proper testing: Probably refers to TSH slightly abnormal. However here is hoe to be sure: check free T3 and reverse t3. Ft3 should be in upper range and rt3 in lower ... Read More
A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience in Pathology
Average glucose: Hb A1c reflects the average blood glucose level over the previous 3-4 months. It is usually used to monitor glucose control in diabetes. It is also b ... Read More
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