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Blood Test For Acid Reflux
Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more
Can eating before a bile acid blood test affect the results. When testing for pregnacy cholesatsis ?
Cholestasis: It is not necessary to be fasting before serum bile acid testing for cholestasis of pregnancy. Not all patients with cholestasis will have abnormal blood work. Some physicians will try a medication called Ursodiol in patients with suspected cholestasis. If the itching resolves on this medication then this can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more
Gallbladder post 1year bravo test negative for acid reflux, but upper gi showed esphogitis reflux and some erosion, what is causing if no acid reflux ?
Non-acid reflux: Could be non-acid reflux. Also, no test is perfect, and the bravo study could be incorrect. Its also important to use the bravo data to correlate symptoms to acid reflux episodes. There is also a 24 hour pH-impedance study that can detect reflux that is not acid. Ask your GI doctor about these. Hope this helps! ...Read more
Yes, initially : The H. Pylori blood test is >90% sensitive and specific for H. Pylori infection in the past. It is best used to diagnose the early/initial stages of infection. The only limitation is that the blood test remains positive for quite a while after successful treatment for H. Pylori, so it should not be used as a marker for eradication. ...Read more
Bile reflux-acid reflux, being treated for acid reflux 40mg Pepcid (famotidine) and 40mg pantaprozole each 2/aday. But symtoms of bile reflux..Wrong meds?
Bile or acid reflux?: If you have acid reflux disease and are having symptoms despite high dose acid-reducers and acid-blockers, then either your reflux is more severe and other treatment options should be considered, or the reflux is not acid-related but possibly gall bladder/liver related. ...Read more
Have started Zantac 300 (ranitidine) to be taken for 1 month I Have a Blood Test
FBC ,Serum Folate, (folic acid) Serum B12 can this medication interfere with it?
No: The test should be accurate while taking this medicine. I hope you are well. ...Read more
See your (GI) doc: Spitting up blood is never normal. If your acid reflux is not controlled with the medications you indicated, see a gastroenterologist. You have to make sure the blood is coming from the digestive system (stomach, esophagus) or is it coming from the respiratory system? Then the cause of the bleeding has to be determined in order to find a treatment. Reflux rarely causes such severe symptoms. ...Read more
Depends...: ...on the reasoning behind the test: e.g. non-fasted blood draw to rule out Gilbert's would alter results. ...Read more
What is arylsulfatae A blood test for
also very long chain acids and serum lactaid acid blood testk for?
Aryl A: This is an enzyme necessary for brain cells. Deficiency may cause neurological condition presenting with delayed development, seizure, muscle weakness and contractures.. Rare test performed mostly by specialist for genetic disorders. Long fatty acid and amino acids are available. Which one you mean ?. In any case they are checked for rare storage disorders. I am not aware of lactaid acid. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Electrolytes, kidney: Chem profile are usually 2 types- basic and comprehensive. Basic includes electrolyte levels- sodium, potassium, bicarbonate, (sodium bicarbonate) chloride, bun, creatinine, calcium levels. Comprehensive usually includes liver tests . It is best to check with lab to find out the battery of tests included in chem profile. ...Read more
Is tiredness a sign of folic acid deficiency, what is most accurate blood test to check folic acid level?
Folic acid: Please go online to "www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/000354.htm" You will find everything you want to know in easy to understand comments. ...Read more
Can Folic Acid Anemia cause bruising?what is the most accurate blood test to check for Folate (folic acid) anemia?
No bruising.: Anemia due to folate (folic acid) or vitamin B12 deficiency is easy to diagnosed by examining the appearance of blood cells under microscope (megaloblastic or large cell type) and measuring the level of those chemicals in the blood (test: serum folate (folic acid)). Bruising is not associated with this type of anemia ...Read more
Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more
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