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Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

Are there specific tests to indicate whether you have polycythemia vera?

Absolutely: Simple is first a CBC with a differential. Also ask for a peripheral blood smear. You are looking for excessively high levels of hemoglobin or hematocrit. ...Read more

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Dr. Angelica Balingit
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Polycythemia Vera (Definition)

Myeloproliferative disease associated with too many red blood cells. Polycythemia -- too many cells -- ruba -- red ...Read more


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What are some tests that are done to diagnose whether or not a person has anxiety?

Yell boo: Kidding, basic blood tests to look for medical condition that can contribute to symptoms. From there, usually a clinical diagnosis, based on the history from and observations of the patient. ...Read more

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Are there blood tests that can tell you for sure if you have cancer?

Are there blood tests that can tell you for sure if you have cancer?

Usually no: Blood tests can definitely identify certain cancers, such as leukemias and some lymphomas, and they can strongly suggest other cancers if certain tumor "markers" are present in elevated concentrations. Most cancers are not detectable by blood tests, however, and are not even suggested by them. ...Read more

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Which test are done to determine if you have cancer period if there are not any signs?

Which test are done to determine if you have cancer period if there are not any signs?

Relax + get checked!: The best test will be to have a history and physical by your doctor. You may be of or nearing an age to have screening tests for breast and colon cancer (mammography / colonoscopy). Depending on your family history and exam findings your doctor may have other recommendations. Remember there is no single test for cancer - there are a lot of cancers and you are a unique individual. ...Read more

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Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Do you simply ask certain questions to diagnose someone with a bipolar disorder. Are there any medical tests or something to test this?

Diagnosis of: Bipolar disorder, as with other psychiatric conditions, involves an evaluation by a skilled clinician who conducts a history of person's current & past symptoms (psychiatric & medical), life experiences, family history, & assesses current mental functioning (mental status exam), & considers various criteria (symptom guidelines) in arriving at possible diagnoses. See comment below for more details. ...Read more

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What are some tests to determine whether I have breast cancer or not?

What are some tests to determine whether I have breast cancer or not?

See a doctor: Have a breast physical examination, mammogram, possible breast ultrasound. Needle biopsy may be indicated as well, if there is an identified abnormality. Biopsy is the only way to make a final diagnosis of what a breast mass is. ...Read more

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Can you be mis-diagnosed with Herpes (non-STI)? How would you go about finding this out? Are there other blood type tests to confirm/dispute diagnosis

Can you be mis-diagnosed with Herpes (non-STI)? How would you go about finding this out? Are there other blood type tests to confirm/dispute diagnosis

Time to move on: You appear to be repeatedly asking the same questions out of anxiety, hoping for different replies than you have been getting. You need to learn to live with your positive HSV1 blood test, which most likely is causing no important health problem except the emotional one that seems apparent in your questions. Consider professional counseling. I suggest it from compassion, not criticism. ...Read more

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What kinds of tests are available that can help diagnose why I have secondary amenorrhea?

What kinds of tests are available that can help diagnose why I have secondary amenorrhea?

Hormonal, anatomic: Secondary amenorrhea refers to absence of menstruation, after previous onset at normal age. Anatomic exam and scans (ultrasound or ct) can assess for obstructive processes. Hormonal testing can assess for thyroid dysfunction, pituitary dysfunction, excessive prolactin, and excessive androgens (either from ovary or adrenal) among others. These hormone problems interfere with regular menstruation. ...Read more

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Are there any tests that a doctor could carry out to determine if someone is an alcoholic?

Are there any tests that a doctor could carry out to determine if someone is an alcoholic?

Yes: Yes, there is a dsm IV category for alcohol dependence and alcohol abuse. There are also amounts drank per day or week that can indicate a risk for problems related to alcohol. The hallmarks of any addiction are loss of control of the use of the substance and negative consequences from the use ot the substance, trouble with the law, troubled relationships, loss of job, withdrawals, tolerance etc. ...Read more

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Are there any supplements or herbs that should not be used if you have a "protein deficiency & prothrombin b thrombophilia" disorder?

Are there any supplements or herbs that should not be used if you have a "protein deficiency & prothrombin b thrombophilia" disorder?

Ask your doctor: There's many different supplements and herbs in the market. I believe you should ask your doctor first before start taking any supplement and herbs because some supplements or herbs could be a mixture of many things. Your doctor need to look at the ingredient of the supplement and herb first before he/she can tell you if it is safe to take it with your medical condition. ...Read more

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I understand that uncomplicated monoclonal gammopathy does not raise the WBC & CRP. But can MGUS lead to more serious conditions that do elevate both WBC & CRP? Would there be ANY other pathological data to look for if a worse condition comes about?

I understand that uncomplicated monoclonal gammopathy does not raise the WBC & CRP. But can MGUS lead to more serious conditions that do elevate both WBC & CRP? Would there be ANY other pathological data to look for if a worse condition comes about?

See below: About 1-2% of the patients with MGUS develop multiple myeloma, a form of bone cancer, each year. It would be prudent to have yearly check ups. You may consult this site for info: http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/mgus/home/ovc-20199535 ...Read more

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Are there any other tests to confirm if one has an infection other then checking ESR level in blood thanks?

Are there any other tests to confirm if one has an infection other then checking ESR level in blood
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Sedimentation rate: Esr is a non-specific indicator suggesting the presence of inflammation. Factors increasing ESR are increased levels of gamma-globulin and fibrinogen. The latter is made by the liver and released in response to fragments of that material that are released when it breaks down in the bloodstream. It is not always due to infection, but if infection is being followed it can be a valuable indicator. ...Read more

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Can there be any distinct symptoms that are related to lupus if you have hypermobility?

Not really: Other than some joint area aches and pains, there is not much similarity. Lab tests and a physical exam should make the distinction fairly simple. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are some genetic tests which everyone should have unfettered access?

Can you tell me if there are some genetic tests which everyone should have unfettered access?

Absolutely: And all citizens of the US should have unfettered access to a primary care physician, as a right, not a privilege, just as the rest of the civilized world do. ...Read more

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Are there any other heart tests other than echo/ekg/holter/thyroid/adrenal tests to determine cause of tachy/pvcs? Should i ask for stress test?

Are there any other heart tests other than echo/ekg/holter/thyroid/adrenal tests to determine cause of tachy/pvcs? Should i ask for stress test?

Palpitations: There are many causes that can't be identified with a test like caffeine, tobacco and stress just to name a few. For some, there is no identifiable cause of pvc's. A stress test would provide a more thorough evaluation but typically that doesn't illicit the cause. ...Read more

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Can a PET-CT determine whether or not cancer is present in the body? Are there any other conditions these tests can diagnose?

Can a PET-CT determine whether or not cancer is present in the body? Are there any other conditions these tests can diagnose?

Not always: Scans pick up masses -- cancers that have reached a volume of billions of cells. Scans pick up a huge variety of non-malignant lesions, and many cancers, but other tests -- mammograms, routine blood work, pap smears, more -- are also part of routine cancer surveillance. ...Read more

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What would you say are medical tests avalible to determine nonalcoholic liver disease?

What would you say are medical tests avalible to determine nonalcoholic liver disease?

See details: There are many causes of nonalcoholic liver disease and numerous tests are available, including a liver biopsy. ...Read more