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2nd Trimester Blood Screening
I had a normal first trimester screening and harmony prenatal test. Is an AFP blood test necessary? Can it come back high risk?
The msAFP is: To assess the risk of open neural tube defects i.e. Spina bifida, which is not tested by harmony or the first trimester screen. It is up to you if you would like to be screened for ntds. Keep in mind that, if detected, these defects can be repaired by a skilled pediatric neurosurgeon while the baby is still inside you. Speak to your obgyn and make an informed decision. Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more
Yes: It is standard practice to test both rubella and HIV antibodies early in pregnancy. Typically one also gets an antigen test for hepatitis b, and a test for syphilis (sometimes an antibody test, and other times a different test is used). Additional tests such as a complete blood count, blood type, rh typing, urine analysis are standard as well. See your ob; they'll do the right tests. ...Read more
Units not right : But probably normal. Check with your doc ...Read more
Will a vanishing twin (lost at 7 weeks) affect first trimester downs syndrome testing with blood test and ultrasound?
Vanishing twin: No, it would not affect your test result. Ultrasound would show it for a while, but the developing twin will eventually grow big enough to hide it from view. ...Read more
There should not be: Any blood in the urine during any trimester of pregnancy is not normal and need to be investigated and treated it can be due to urinary tract infection, kidney stones, kidney disorder or cancer it can also be in women who have medical conditions like lupus, sickle cell disease and diabetes. ...Read more
Thick blood , high inflammation levels abnormal liver function in all 3 blood tests, test back pos for blood clot on lung after dye test, back neg?
This is serious: I trust the dye test was a pulmonary angiogram that demonstrated a pulmonary thromboembolus, and it has also been determined that you have hypercoagulable blood. This is a major problem that will require work with your primary care physician and probably long-term medical management -- more than healthtap can do. Hope you do not smoke. The "inflammation" & liver labs need to be addressed in time. ...Read more
Fetal medicine docs. With a negative verify and sequnom result for downs test would u still recommend amnio for 1in20 risk from routine screen blood?
NO.: Maternit21 is much more accurate than the ultrasound-dependent serum analyte screening. If the former is reassuring for your risk to have a baby with down syndrome then the latter is irrelevant. Disregard the serum screening and decide about amniocentesis on the basis of the cell free fetal dna analysis. Most couples accept a <1% risk of down syndrome without amniocentesis. Best of luck. ...Read more
I had normal serum protein electrophoresis. Alpha-1-globulin is 0.25 (0.17 - 0.50 g/dl). Low end of normal? Do i need to test for alpha1-antitrypsin?
Episodes of pain on rght side, under ribs/above naval since dec. First blood test showed CRP 113 ALT 340 2nd blood test ALT 120 ngtve hepatitis usliver normal, found gallstones rpt blood test, causes?
Gallstones : If you have gallstones on ultrasound then your RUQ pain is most likely symptoms of your gallstones. The elevated CRP suggests inflammation and the alk phos suggests some type of biliary obstruction. I suggest you see a surgeon in your area to discuss options. Please take a copy of your ultrasound and labs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
No: 'routine' blood tests as from a scheduled physical examination test for basic electrolyte levels (sodium, potassium, calcium, chlorides, etc), blood counts (how many red and white cells, level of hemoglobin, etc) and perhaps certain enzyme levels. They do not routinely include the hormone indicative of pregnancy, human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hcg). Tests for this must be ordered separately. ...Read more
Cause of frequent urination? Negative for uti, diabetes, negative blood test, and negative ultrasound?
Need more info..: This, without other symptoms and/or signs, is a nonspecific finding. It could be stress, or anxiety. It could simply be from drinking too much fluids, or coffee and/or soda. It could be nothing. It would be a good idea to wait a few days and try to relax, and if it persists, see your doctor for further work-up along the lines of possible urinary incontinence. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Are autoimmune blood tests & antiphosopolipid usually recommended for later pregnancy loss & not for 2 early mc (6 weeks & 8 weeks)? Should I get em
APS and pregnancy: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is associated with pregnancy loss in both early and late pregnancy as defined by 1) > 3 unexplained, consecutive pregnancy losses 1 unexplained fetal death > 10 weeks of pregnancy. In each case, the pregnancy loss related to the anatomic, hormonal or chromosomal abnormalities should be excluded first before the test is sent. ...Read more
Different tissue: The blood in your vessels is what's supplying your tissues and responding right now to what's going on with you. Menstrual tissue contains blood and also a great deal more, largely dead debris. Would you bet your health on a lab test determined from this tissue? I don't think so. Grin and bear the needle stick -- even as a pathologist, I don't enjoy venipunctures but I know the value. ...Read more
This is second pregnancy. 3rs month.First was normal. Morning urine showed sugar and protein. No family history. Is it normal? Blood test normal.
Possible Diabetes: Protein and sugar should never be present in the urine. You need to discuss this with your OB physician right away. It is very possible you have a form of diabetes that shows up in pregnancy called gestational diabetes. This disorder must be controlled to prevent injury to both you and baby. ...Read more
May...: In some places it is a routine to test for the basic STD's again in the third trimester but in general the CDC recommends to repeat testing at that time if there are risk factors that can point to possible active infection.Usually if the pt is younger than 25 y/o,has been recently exposed to STD's,was treated for an STD, or is a high risk for exposure( ex. multiple partners, infected partner, etc) ...Read more
What do you think of these blood test results for quad screen mother date of birth 12/24/82 m.O.M. Values AFP 1.34
Interpretation: The quad screen results should have an interpretation based on the absolute numbers taking into account a number of factors including maternal age, ethnicity, weight at time of collection. There should be a calculated risk on the report. ...Read more
Is there still a possibility i'm pregnant? Sex feb 2nd. Blood test taken april 14 shows hCG levels <1. Transvaginal ultrasound april 17 shows nothing
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