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X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

X ray of broken bone showed hole in bone biopsy done and was neg for bone cancer. Recent blood test showed low white blood count. Reason for concern?

Evaluation warranted: Depending on how low the white count, it would be wise to continue to be followed by a primary health care provider and/or hematologist. It will likely return to normal, but it should be followed. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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I am a serving soldier in british forces... had my bloods done for thiroid and liver function and bone density and also a blood count will THC show?

I am a serving soldier in british forces... had my bloods done for thiroid and liver function and bone density and also a blood count will THC show?

Depends: It depends as to whether they routinely screen soldiers for drugs. Generally THC stays in the system for many days because it is lipophilic and binds to the fat stores and releases every so often. Depending on how heavy your use is, it can be there for weeks. ...Read more

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Can you detect bone cancer through a blood test?

Can you detect bone cancer through a blood test?

No.: Bone cancers are typically diagnosed by biopsy after noticing an abnormality on x-ray or mri. There typically have no abnormalities of blood work. Leukemia is a bone marrow disorder. This is not a bone cancer, but can be confused, as the abnormal marrow is inside the bone. Leuekemias often have abnormal blood work. ...Read more

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Can someone detect bone cancer through a blood test?

Can someone detect bone cancer through a blood test?

Maybe soon: At this point, it is not possible though there are some newer technologies that may make it possible to detect circulating tumor cells or a signature for having a bone cancer like osteosarcoma or ewing sarcoma. ...Read more

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My ALP blood test came back 2 times now in 2 months. 158 first time, 68 second time. My bones do hurt. Wrists. What should I do?

My ALP blood test came back 2 times now in 2 months. 158 first time, 68 second time. My bones do hurt. Wrists. What should I do?

See below: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, your second reading with within normal limits and your ALP may not be related to your symptoms. You may try taking Vitamin D3 at a dose of about 4000 units/day for about three months. ...Read more

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Mu daughter have had a blood test recently. I am told that her FLT are high (54) and they mention something about bones. What can it indicate?

Mu daughter have had a blood test recently. I am told that her FLT are high (54) and they mention something about bones. What can it indicate?

Explanation: This number not so high to worry about. Important to know is she healthy or recently had some medical problems. If everything fine it may be may be related to her growth and that's why doctor mention bones. ...Read more

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I have RA. Diagnosis from bone scan. Blood test normal so far. My RF was 9 five months ago & now is 12. Will this number continue to rise with time?

I have RA. Diagnosis from bone scan. Blood test normal so far. My RF was 9 five months ago & now is 12. Will this number continue to rise with time?

Possibly, Do check:: With your Rheumatologist as he can help you monitor it and may even start you on meds to control it, depending on your clinical findings and symptoms.
We would like to treat YOU rather than a lab result. ...Read more

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What does satisfactory blood test result mean? Full blood count, bone profile and kidney

What does satisfactory blood test result mean? Full blood count, bone profile and kidney

Lab results: Lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Depending on the test, a normal value may rule out disease but other normal results do not necessarily mean lack of disease. It would be useful to have the actual results. ...Read more

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What kind of blood test would my hematology dr. Order to see what's wrong with my blood instead of a bone marrow test?

Hierarchy of tests: Usual approach is to do a complete blood cells count and performa microscopic examination of the blood smear, the latter may be done by a pathologist. Depending on the findings, symptoms, and signs, other tests may be selected, e.G, flow cytometry, antibody testing, dna testing, and a bone marrow. Each test has its own place and there is no test instead of bone marrow. ...Read more

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Why do the bones in my keg ache all the time I feel it more when I go to bed I've had blood test and all good what's my next option please thank you?

Why do the bones in my keg ache all the time I feel it more when I go to bed I've had blood test and all good what's my next option please thank you?

Though not usually: Described as an "ache", if your clinical history, lab work and x-rays (if done) are all normal you may have RLS or restless limb syndrome. Hard to tell without interviewing and examining you, but perhaps you could discuss that with your doctor. ...Read more

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Two negative blood test for celiac disease is it possible to still have it and it be the cause of bone loss? How do I test and make sure 100%

Two negative blood test for celiac disease is it possible to still have it and it be the cause of bone loss? How do I test and make sure 100%

There's no 100%: The labs are probably not totally sensitive / specific but they're pretty good. Have you had a biopsy? This is one to work out with your physician. Bone loss won't be the primary manifestation of celiac disease despite "pop" wisdom. "Low blood pressure" isn't an illness. A full workup, including some zebras like porphyria or other neuropathies, may be a consideration along with supportive Dr. ...Read more

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Alp is 121 and have had ultrasound and bone blood test which are fine. I don't drink. What would cause this? Is this why im tired all time? How to fix

Alp is 121 and have had ultrasound and bone blood test which are fine. I don't drink. What would cause this? Is this why im tired all time? How to fix

That is a: Minimally elevated alkaline phosphatase. Not likely to be the cause of your fatigue which means we need to find the problem to make a treatment plan. ...Read more

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My blood test for jak2 was negative but blood counts are still rising would you recomend bone marrow biopsy?

Yes: Jak2 testing is supportive of certain myeloproliferative diagnsoses, but the clinical decision to pursue the bm biopsy will be driven by the extent and pace of rise and your symptoms. ...Read more

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Blood test (hemmogram) says it's fine, but lately I've been feeling low bone pain and a little bit of fever I'm worried.

Blood test (hemmogram) says it's fine, but lately I've been feeling low bone pain and a little bit of fever I'm worried.

May be dietary: If your blood count is normal and your symptoms are bone pain and 'feverishness, ' you could very possibly have a high inflammatory syndrome from diet. New medical studies are showing that diets high in refined sugar, pork, white bread and corn products are pro-inflammatory. This can result in the types of symptoms you're talking about and if so, the remedy is a anti-inflammatory diet. ...Read more

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Last night I had wine and today morning at 10 I had blood test about why my bone crack is not healing fasly. Does alcohol will show in my tests?

Last night I had wine and today morning at 10 I had blood test about why my bone crack is not healing fasly. Does alcohol will show in my tests?

Alcohol in blood: Not unless they test for it. Depends on how much you drank, how often you drink and your body size. ...Read more

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Negative blood test 3 days before period. Day late, yellow cm, firmness above pubic bone. Pregnant?

May be: You may wish to do a home pregnancy test if you are 4-5 days past due for your period. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions in the package carefully. ...Read more

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When blood test and prostate exams comes back normal, could you still have bone cancer of the iliac?

When blood test and prostate exams comes back normal, could you still have bone cancer of the iliac?

Not sure: Bone cancer has very specific imaging findings as well as symptoms. Metastatic prostate cancer to bone is a late stage disease phenomenon, and most unlikely in a 49 year old. Not sure which blood tests were normal (psa, alkaline phosphotase, ?), so am not positive how to answer this. ...Read more

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Is the blood test for calcium the same for calcium in the bones? Also, are there any blood or urine tests to check the circadian cycle? Thanks

Is the blood test for calcium the same for calcium in the bones? Also, are there any blood or urine tests to check the circadian cycle? Thanks

The: Body gland like parathyroid, and kidneys will maintain balance of calcium in your diet and bones. The blood test mostly measures " free calcium" in blood. ...Read more

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Would early- mid bone cancer show up at all in wbc, rbc, or other parts of a blood test, or is it only symptomatic in the bone?

Would early- mid bone cancer show up at all in wbc, rbc, or other parts of a blood test, or is it only symptomatic in the bone?

Maybe: The type of bone cancer maybe reflected in the cbc--complete blood count--depending if it is associated with a leukemia process. Better not to speculate further--speak to your physician and be checked properly. Many different possibilities.
Hope nothing serious! ...Read more

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I'm 12wks 5days pregnant. Went for ultrasound and they couldn't see the fetus nasal bone. I have to wait 3days for blood test result. Should I worry?

I'm 12wks 5days pregnant. Went for ultrasound and they couldn't see the fetus nasal bone. I have to wait 3days for blood test result. Should I worry?

Genetic counseling: Not seeing a nasal bone increases the risk of Down syndrome sufficiently to offer either the fetal DNA in maternal blood screen, which takes 7 to 10 days to get the resul-which is 99.9% accurate (4 companies offer it), or go immediately to the definitive test, CVS or Amniocentesis. The test you are waiting for is likely the quad screen, which is less sensitive or specific than nasal bone. ...Read more

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My son's blood test showed leukocytes 3, lymphocytes 1 and neutrophils 0.6. When will a bone marrow test be indicated? This was the 3rd abnormal test

My son's blood test showed leukocytes 3, lymphocytes 1 and neutrophils 0.6. When will a bone marrow test be indicated? This was the 3rd abnormal test

Bone marrow test: May not be indicated as a next step, before that, more evaluation of his clinical condition by a hematologist and an a clinical immunologist, if available. His development, clinical status, immunization status need assessment first, avoid live vaccines for now till diagnosis is final, viz oral polio, MMR, Yellow fever, BCG and? Menigitis vacccines. Wish yourself and your son all the best ...Read more

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Seronegative ra. Horrible joint and bone pain. Sed rate 6 CRP <0.5. Help don't understand why I hurt so bad but blood test seem normal?

Seronegative ra. Horrible joint and bone pain. Sed rate 6 CRP <0.5. Help don't understand why I hurt so bad but blood test seem normal?

Get a 2nd opinion: Your story does not add up. It would be very unusual for uncontrolled RA to have a normal ESR and crp. I would suggest another opinion with a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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Chronic high white blood cell count for 2 years, from 11k to 32k, have had many blood test, IV pic, bone marrow test, spinal tap, all negative?

Chronic high white blood cell count for 2 years, from 11k to 32k, have had many blood test, IV pic, bone marrow test, spinal tap, all negative?

Test: Iif there is other symptom related (unintentional weight loss, bleeding, abdominal pain etc). - consider to get imaging- ct scans. Also cancer screening- colonoscopy, papsmear, mammogram etc
if you smoke- please quit smoking. Also sometimes medication can increase WBC - although usually not more than 15k.
What is the WBC differential? ...Read more

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Recent blood test showed faint Lgm band. AIHA + ITP patient but in remission for 7 years. Bone marrow analysis indicate no malignancy. Shd I worry?

Recent blood test showed faint Lgm band. AIHA + ITP patient but in remission for 7 years. Bone marrow analysis indicate no malignancy. Shd I worry?

No: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, a faint IgM band is not a reason to worry about. ...Read more

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If lymphoma occurs in small intestine, what is the best treatment protocol for a cure. Bone marrow and blood test was negative. Should I be concerned?

If lymphoma occurs in small intestine, what is the best treatment protocol for a cure. Bone marrow and blood test was negative. Should I be concerned?

To a degree: Treatment of small bowel lymphoma requires proper histology and staging in addition to factors such as age, multiple areas of involvement, tumor size, and perforation. The best treatment for GI lymphoma is limited resection of the tumor, followed by postoperative radiotherapy. Cure rate is approximately 75% even with aggressive histologic types. Chemotherapy is reserved for advanced-staged tumors. In patients with regional nodal involvement or extranodal involvement confined to one side of the diaphragm ...Read more

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Bone Density (Definition)

Bone density (or bone mineral density) is a medical term normally referring to the amount of mineral matter per square centimeter of bones. Bone density (or bmd) is used in clinical medicine as an indirect indicator of ...Read more