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Doctor insights on: Blood Tests For Anaemia Spina Bifida And Blood Groupings

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My blood test came back positive for spina bifida, does this means my baby will have this.?

My blood test came back positive for spina bifida, does this means my baby will have this.?

NO.: Increased msafp (maternal serum Alpha fetoprotein) is a marker of open fetal defects (spina bifida aperta, encephalocele, gastroschisis, omphalocele, amniotic band sequence, cleft lip/palate) and placental anomalies (accreta, chorioangiomas). The most common reason for a positive screen without prior ultrasound is wrong due date! relax, talk to your genetic counselor and get a detailed ultrasound! ...Read more

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Dr. Steven Ginsberg
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Anemia (Definition)

Anemia refers to any condition where there is a decrease in the red blood cells in the body. There are numerous causes of anemia but they can basically be broken down into 3 categories: decreased production of red blood cells increased destruction of red ...Read more


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Anemia for months. iron meds not working. should i get blood tests done?

Anemia for months. iron meds not working. should i get blood tests done?

Blood tests for iron: Yes, most definitely. It is time to see your physician for iron studies, hemoglobin electrophoresis, if indicated, B12 and folate (folic acid) levels, etc. You may need referral to a hematologist in the future if your anemia continues, depending on how anemic you are, cause, and symptoms. ...Read more

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I have taken cocaine last Friday, I have blood tests tomorrow for anemia. Will it show up?

I have taken cocaine last Friday, I have blood tests tomorrow for anemia. Will it show up?

Cocaine: If you are being checked for anemia and they will not test for cocaine. However, your anemia may be due to Cocaine use. If the ordering MD has asked for cocaine levels then they will test. Here is a bit of advice - if you want to enjoy your life and live well and long do not use cocaine. ...Read more

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Can my child have a normal life with spina bifida? I just found out with prenatal tests that my baby has a severe form of spina bifida. He will most likely be paralyzed. I want to have him anyway, but i’m scared his life will be too hard.

No: With severe spina bifida he will if diagnoses as you have and an ultrasound confirms it then immediate surgery will be required to close the rural canal.Then dependent on the level this will dictate his functionality and his ambulatory capability. This unfortunately can not be diagnosed until birth, but he will have certain limitations and functional limitations in terms of use of his legs. ...Read more

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On laboratory blood tests, which ones look for anemia?

On laboratory blood tests, which ones look for anemia?

CBC: Complete blood cell count includes measurement of hemoglobin and red cell count. ...Read more

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Can blood tests for anemia give you wrong results?

Can blood tests for anemia give you wrong results?

Rarely: Detecting anemia (low hemoglobin / hematocrit) is one of the simplest of all lab tests, but clerical / computer errors still happen. If there is doubt whether you are anemic, repeat. Labs required to seek the cause (serum iron, b12, folate, (folic acid) reticulocyte count, many others) are usually reliable; taking an iron pill before the draw can mask elemental iron deficiency. ...Read more

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What are doctors looking for during an amniocentesis test? Spina bifida?

What are doctors looking for during an amniocentesis test? Spina bifida?

Amniotic fluid may : be used for chromosome analysis when screening reveals high risk for Down Syndrome & other trisomies, Chromosomal Microarray to look for smaller genetic mutations &/or Alpha-fetoprotein level when fetal ultrasounds indicate a neural tube defect. 3rd-trimester amnios are done to test fetal lung maturity &, occasionally, to withdraw excess amniotic fluid. ...Read more

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I tested positive for AFP in my quad test my levels were 1.484 what does that mean? What are the odds of my son having spina bifida or not?

AFP and spinal bifid: If the AFP is positive it is best to do an ultrasound of the fetus and if a spina bifida or myelomeningocele is present it can usually be detected by 18 to 20 weeks of fetal age. ...Read more

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What are the tests for spina bifida?

What are the tests for spina bifida?

Spina bifida: Spina bifida is usually diagnosed by x-ray for MRI of the lower spine. In the new born it can also be done with an ultrasound. ...Read more

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Dr. Edward Smith
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Spina Bifida (Definition)

Spina bifida is a birth defect involving incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. The exact cause of the condition is unknown, but a risk factor appears to be low levels of folic acid in a woman's body before ...Read more


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