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Doctor insights on: Borreliosis Ltt Levels Values

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Could it be a Lyme borreliosis even though I never saw a tick or bite mark that is visible?

Could it be a Lyme borreliosis even though I never saw a tick or bite mark that is visible?

Rarely,but yes: Most cases of Lyme disease from tick bite start with skin lesions of some sort from target lesions to various rashes, but it is possible to either not notice small rashes or develop it later when a temporal association is not obvious. It then requires careful history of environment exposure, apparent prototypical skin lesions and blood testing. ...Read more

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Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests? If not, why?

Can you detect spirochete infections(leptospirosis, borreliosis, syphilis) via blood culture tests?  If not, why?

Spirochaetes: These organisms are exceptionally difficult, if not impossible, to grow in artificial media. They can be diagnosed by special stains, serologically by antibody formation, and in some instances by detection of antigens by nuclear protein detection. ...Read more

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What is LTT Mitogen test and what does it look for?

What is LTT Mitogen test and what does it look for?

Immune function test: Lymphocyte Transformation Tests evaluate how well a person's lymphocytes work, by testing the ability of the lymphocytes to react properly to antigens or mitogens. Lymphocytes are one type of white blood cells, and need to work correctly in order to fight off certain types of infections. Antigens or mitogens are substances that a person's immune system reacts to. ...Read more

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Is LTT mitogen test a more complex test than other blood work? I had immunology work up, got all tests back except for that one, been almost 2 weeks!

Is LTT mitogen test a more complex test than other blood work? I had immunology work up, got all tests back except for that one, been almost 2 weeks!

Yes it is: LTT mitogen test is a complex specialized test for lymphocytes proliferation. Not a routine every day test, has to be performed in a special lab, so turn-around-time for results is longer, wish you all the best ...Read more

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I had recent immune testing done and waiting on Ltt Mitogen test result. How long does this blood test typically take?

Depends on lab: Since these are not commonly performed tests, they may need to be sent to a specialty lab and thus 1-2 weeks would likely be needed to get the result. ...Read more

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Do you think the LTT testing(melisa in usa) is reliable?i got positive for borrelia, chlamydia pneumoniae and got very high titers for cmv

Do you think the LTT testing(melisa in usa) is reliable?i got positive for borrelia, chlamydia pneumoniae and got very high titers for cmv

LTT testing: Tdetects Type-IV allergy to metals, chemicals, environmental toxins and molds and can also identify active Lyme disease.. The test does not measure toxicity in the patient's blood. It measures if the patient is allergic to it. Two articles have concluded that the MELISA test is not useful for diagnostic purposes because of the large number of false-positive results obtained. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned about my rising creatinine levels? In 3 years my values have went .67, .88 to now 1.1. My gfr is 62.

Should I be concerned about my rising creatinine levels? In 3 years my values have went .67, .88 to now 1.1. My gfr is 62.

Yes: 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 gfr is abnormally low and you should consult a doctor. ...Read more

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In a blood amylase levels test normal range being considered 25 - 115UI/L a result of 115 suggests anything? What would be a significant high value?

In a blood amylase levels test normal range being considered 25 - 115UI/L a result of 115 suggests anything? What would be a significant high value?

Stop worrying: Reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthy folks fall outside on either end. I'm sorry nobody told you this. Acute pancreatitis can feature values of many thousands. There are other causes ranging from the enzyme being tagged with an antibody to mumps to a shot of an opiate. ...Read more

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What to do to get my cholesterol values to normal levels?

What to do to get my cholesterol values to normal levels?

Lipids: Mediterranean diet and exercise at least half an hour a day, don't smoke; if it doesn't get to target, your doctor may want to start a statin drug. ...Read more