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A 39-year-old male asked:

can routine blood tests find tumors?

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Dr. Nathan Lilya
Family Medicine 8 years experience
Depends on type: Some routine blood tests may make us think there is something else going on. Almost no routine result will make a doctor immediately leap to the "cancer" diagnosis, but some things can be strange. A white blood cell (WBC) count in excess of 200, 000, for instance. Platelet counts >1, 000, 000. But for actual cancer diagnosis, those take very specific tests looking for specific markers.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not generally: Most tumors are not diagnosable with routine blood tests. Leukemias are one exception in that a complete blood cell count can provide a strong indication for the diagnosis of some leukemias.

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A 25-year-old female asked:

What are normal mpv ranges mine was 10.7 and all other blood tests where normal?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
About 9-12 fL: Different labs and/or different countries may have minor differences in their "normal ranges" for mean platelet volume. It is usually about 9-12 fl.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
This is good advice. Thanks for letting us know. Don't worry about the MPV. You're a person, not a number.
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A 60-year-old male asked:

My doc calls me for blood tests every six months.

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 28 years experience
Doctors: Good. As the consumer, you should know what is being tested and why.
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A 53-year-old female asked:

My husband is exhausted with fsgc his andrenals are apparently good, his blood tests apart from protienura are good, drs here don't know?!

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Dr. Sewa Legha
Medical Oncology 50 years experience
Many different cause: Fatigue and exhausted feelings can be due to many different reasons. If there is no physical abnormality you should look into emotional issues like depression or lack of sleep due to anxiety, depression or breathing problems like sleep apnea which can rob one from a restful sleep leading to a tired exhausted feeling next day.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What does elevated red cells & elevated white cells mean in blood tests?

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Dr. Hermilando Payen
Pathology 56 years experience
Cytosis: Erythrocytosis and leukocytosis mean elevation of the rbc and WBC counts respectively above the reference values of the lab. Slight increase could be physiologic reactions but usually when leukocytosis is accompanied by fever, it signifies infection. In your body. Elevation of rbc or WBC with many persistent abnormal young forms could mean early dysplasia or leukemia.
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Does taking antibotics affect blood tests?

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
See below: It depends on what the blood test is for. If it is checking for the cause of the infection it certainly may interfere with the result.

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