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Blood Test Iron Levels
No: Tsh or thyroid stimulating hormone is only good for assessing thyroid function (either good, overactive or underactive). With that said, during that same blood draw, your blood could potentially be checked for testosterone to determine how much you have. This is best done in the morning. Remember that we really should treat the person (and symptoms), not just a number. Make sure benefit > risk. ...Read more
Blood test report: homocysteine level high/ blood platelets low/ bilirubin high. What could be wrong?
Big picture please: As a lab doctor, this means nothing in isolation. I appreciate your caring & this is no familiar pattern. Is the person clinically healthy? How off are the values? Vegetarians and junk-fooders are equally at risk for high homocysteine as are folks with genetic disease. Bilirubin -- gilbert's? Platelets -- gin and tonic? This isn't something to discuss in a 400-character text thx 4 understanding. ...Read more
What might cause hyperthyroid, high anti-centromere b antibodies, enlarged red blood cells and high iron saturation, normal serum iron, low TIBC/UIBC?
THIS IS A "LONGSHOT": but this set of symptoms (SYNDROME) sound like HASHIMOTO's THYROIDITIS and PERNICIOUS Macrocytic anemia also may be AUTO-IMMUNE!!! in nature ie: the body falsely detects NORMAL TISSUE as being "FOREIGN" and develops auto-antibodies against (in this case) your thyroid gland and your bone marrow) This is a guess....just a "thought"..hope it helps! Dr Z ...Read more
How high?: It's important to know how high the tests were above the normal range (were they clinically significant?). Cortisol is produced by the adrenal glands which is under control by the pituitary. The problem could be either one. Your doctor who ordered the cortisol should be able to tell you the next step of workup. If the tests were indeed very high, you will need more testings before treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Pancreatitis: Typical tests done include amylase and lipase. Amylase can be elevated due to other problems, so lipase is more specific. Any elevation indicates a problem. Lab values are specific to the lab used. Severe pancreatitis can elevate the lipase into the 1000's. Even a small elevation above normal can cause severe pain. ...Read more
Repeat / start worup: High sgot/liver enyzme levels are quite common but do need a workup. Causes range from having gotten drunk a few days previous to taking iboprofen to lack of physical fitness to life-threatening, treatable illnesses like viral or autoimmune hepatitis / hemochromatosis / wilson's / drug allergy. Your physician knows the right way to proceed for you. ...Read more
Can you explain my daughters blood test result serum 4(10-33) transferrin IBC 50 (45-70)transferrin saturation 8%(16-50) serum ferritin assay 60 (15-2?
Can serum potassium levels be normal while red blood cell potassium levels are low? When is the red cell potassium test used?
Ferritin, hematocrit, hglobin normal. Hematocrit 44. Will iron increase it? Serum iron low. Rbc count normal and above.
Why do you ask?: This is almost certainly the right hematocrit for your body. No "pop" remedy is going to increase it; if you are seeking to raise it artificially for an athletic competition, you'll have to ask elsewhere. Loading up on iron is likely to make you sick, both acutely (upset stomach) and long-term (iron-overload still kills plenty of men). ...Read more
Recent labs showed high platelets high iron high tibc low normal ferritin level of 12 is this iron deficiency ?
Likely: The best test for iron deficiency anemia (ida) is ferritin. Sometimes when there is inflammation (an possible associated anemia of chronic disease/inflammation, the ferritin may increase as an acute phase reactant). The "gold standard" for diagnosis is a bone marrow biopsy, but rarely needed. High platelets are also associated with ida. Treatment should improve platelets and ferritin. ...Read more
Iron blood panel showed this: UIBC- 109 (low), Iron serum- 170 (high), Iron Saturation 63% (high). Is this hemochromatosis?
Suspicious: Further testing is necessary to definitively diagnose hemochromatosis. The elevated transferrin level makes it much more likely but the test should be repeated and you should have genetic testing for the C282Y gene. I suggest you see a hematologist or general internist for definitive testing. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Total iron binding capacity is high. Transferrin is high.Iron serum normal. Hemoglobin count low 12 any significance.Is it hemochromatosis?
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