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Is Haptoglobin (mg/dl) test a blood chemistry test or hematological test?

Is Haptoglobin (mg/dl) test a blood chemistry test or hematological test?

Haptpglobin: Is a transport protein for the breakdown of hemoglobin. If is used to assess for RBC destruction. When the haptoglobin Is low there is an association with increased hemolysis ...Read more

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Does quantitative beta hCG use serum to detect hCG in blood?

Does quantitative beta hCG use serum to detect hCG in blood?

Yes: Serum is the part of blood. It is the liquid part left when blood clots and is centrifuged . Many 'blood' tests, including beta HCG are done on serum. ...Read more

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What are quantitative hCG blood tests?

What are quantitative hCG blood tests?

Hormone test: Human chorionic gonadotrophic hormone is generally increased in pregnancy and serves as the basis of pregnancy tests. Quantitative HCG tests also provide information about the health of the placenta. High HCG levels are also seen in some tumors of the ovary and testes. ...Read more

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Is a IgG quantitative test same as the serum protein electrophoresis test?

Is a IgG quantitative test same as the serum protein electrophoresis test?

Blood tests: They are two different separate blood tests, spep serum protein electrophoresis test is a screening test for plasma cell disorders like mgus, smoldering or full blown myeloma and quantitative igg is a blood test to quantify the amount of igg in blood. Usually more than 3 grams is significant in blood. ...Read more

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Why is hemoglobin hplc/ electrophoresis, blood done?

Variant hemoglobins: These tests are done to detect variants of hemoglobin as some of the variants, such as hemoglobin s, cause medical problems. Some states require all pregnant women be tested for hemoglobin variations as part of the antenatal care. ...Read more

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What does quantitative igg subclass measurement blood test show?

What does quantitative igg subclass measurement blood test show?

IgG subclasses: There are several classes of immunoglobulins like IgA, IgM, and IgE. IgG also has subclasses that we test for. A subclass deficiency can be an explanation for susceptibility to certain types of infections. An Allergist/Immunologist can put the results in perspective for you in the context of your history. ...Read more

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What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

What blood test checks for pancreatic enzymes?

Amylase & lipase: These check for the enzymes to see if they're being released into the blood when somebody has an upper abdominal emergency. If you're concerned you haven't got enough pancreatic enzymes, a stool assay for pancreatic elastase might be more helpful. ...Read more

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Does hgb A1c test complement a glycomark test?

Does hgb A1c test complement a glycomark test?

Yes: Each test has its own utility and measures different mechanism of abnormal glucose metabolism. I would also add a fasting Insulin level and a GGT level into the panel for optimal understanding of what is really going on with the sugar in your body. ...Read more

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What is the ssa/Ssb blot test antibody blood test?

A test: for a certain autoimmune condition. it's important to understand that these blood tests need to be interpreted carefully in the context of your symptoms and exam findings. a positive test doesn't necessarily mean you have the condition. ...Read more

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Serum free light chain test shows normal kappa (8.7mg/dl), low lambda (3.80), high kap/lam ratio (2.31). Serum $ urine electrophoresis show no monoclonal protein, nor does serum immunofixation. Likely MGUS, myeloma, or admyloidosis? CBC/met panel ok.

Serum free light chain test shows normal kappa (8.7mg/dl), low lambda (3.80), high kap/lam ratio (2.31). Serum $ urine electrophoresis show no monoclonal protein, nor does serum immunofixation. Likely MGUS, myeloma, or admyloidosis? CBC/met panel ok.

False positive rate: There is 30% or so false positive rate of kappa/lambda ratio in people without MGUS, myeloma or other disorders. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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Is alpha2 and alpha 2 macroglobulin the same blood test?

Is alpha2 and alpha 2 macroglobulin the same blood test?

Blood Tests: There are. Few more Alpha 2's in the blood that can be tested. One of those is Alpha2 macro globulin. You doctor should specify what he/she wants done, depending on the diagnosis, so the lab can do the proper tests. ...Read more

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Had bloodwork and urine test don't know what immunofix electrophoresis gel ( IFE) no Monoclonal proteins&IFE paraprotein urine not detected( MGU) HELP?

Had bloodwork and urine test don't know what immunofix electrophoresis gel ( IFE) no Monoclonal proteins&IFE paraprotein urine not detected( MGU) HELP?

It means: Your tests were essentially negative!!! What was your Doctor evaluating you for?? anemia>> Bone Pain??? Bone abnormalities on scan/xray??? Ask ? again More info please Dr Z ...Read more

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When did alpha fetoprotein testing start?

When did alpha fetoprotein testing start?

1980's: The Alpha fetoprotein test was around when i was a resident physician. The test has progressed through the y ears such that there are four levels measured in the pregnant woman's blood looking for the risk of down's syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18 & neural tube defects like spina bifida. This is called the quadruple screen best measured between 16 & weeks of pregnancy. ...Read more

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What blood test show Amyloidosis?

What blood test show Amyloidosis?

No blood test: There is no blood test to detect amyloidosis. Sophisticated laboratory techniques called electrophoresis or free light chain assays may reveal early evidence of some amyloid proteins. A biopsy is needed to confirm a diagnosis of amyloidosis and determine the specific type of protein involved in the disease. ...Read more

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Blood test shows élévated bilirubin , urine test négative for bilirubin. Any explanation??

Blood test shows élévated bilirubin , urine test négative for bilirubin. Any explanation??

Unconjugated: Bilirubin exists in the blood in both the conjugated and Unconjugated forms. Only the conjugated can enter the urine. If you feel well, and this is new, you very likely have Gilbert's non-disease. Best wishes. ...Read more

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TTC&RE done several blood tests.I am negative but inconclusive to alpha thalassemia.How?DH tested for Hgb electrophoresis.Why?Is it serious?what next?

TTC&RE done several blood tests.I am negative but inconclusive to alpha thalassemia.How?DH tested for Hgb electrophoresis.Why?Is it serious?what next?

Genetics consult: If you are trying to have a baby or will do so in the future, tis important to know what the chances are for the baby to have the disease. If you are both carriers, then there is a higher risk for the baby to have the disease. You said he was tested but never said if he is positive for carrier state or does he have it? Talk to a geneticist, there's always one associated with children's hosp ...Read more

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Does psa blood test need fasting?

Does psa blood test need fasting?

No. For most blood: fasting is not needed & commonly misleading, though promoted. Optimal PSA value <1.0 ng/dL, though called normal up to 4.0 ng/mL. At 1.3 ng/ml (Avodart Trial; most thorough done to date) prostate size, by ultrasound, has doubled young healthy values. If PSA < 1.0, prostate cancer extremely rare. If elevated, consider https://www.accureference.com "Prostate Health Index" test for better guidance. ...Read more