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C4 High Level Indicate Cancer
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Rheum workup, norm. C3, high c4, high aldolase. Workup done due to degenerative joint issues, and inflammatory issues (lungs). All else normal?
Discuss with MD: It is best to discuss with your doctor. There were reasons why these tests were ordered and there are diseases that involve both the lungs and muscles together. Also, the degree of elevation may or may not mean anything. We can't surmise what your doctor was thinking so discuss your case with your md. ...Read more
I have low c3, high c4, high cpk, high ana, muscle pain and weakness and bad fatigue. 1 Dr. said Lupus. 1 Dr. say MS. 1 Dr said Lymes????
SLE?: Hi, if these are all the symptoms that you have u still don't meet the criteria for SLE (u need 4 out of 11 criteria, u only have 2, ANA and weakness), C3, C4 are not diagnostic just we follow them in SLE to monitor the response to the treatment, MS, per se, may not cause the rise of CPK unless there is muscle wasting due to inactivity, The lyme doesn't fit the symptoms much although it's not ...Read more
Low c3(normal c2, c4, ch50), low igg1, low igg3, low total igm. Doc says all r acquired. He suspects cancer, autoimmunity, or infection. Is he correct?
Difficult to tell: Without any context, it is very difficult to interpret laboratory results. More information about why these particular tests were done would be helpful. ...Read more
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I have elevated CRP and C4 levels. C3 is normal. Last two blood work-ups also revealed slightly elevated bilirubin levels. What could this indicate?
Non-specific: Interpreting blood work can be a very tricky proposition. Each lab values needs to be interpreted within clinical context and in association with other blood tests. Elevated CRP can sometimes be normal, other times it is a marker of inflammation. Elevated bilirubin may also be normal but sometimes can be indicative of blood or gallbladder dysfunction. ...Read more
It depends on the type of cancer. The highest levels are seen in an uncommon entity called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. You may consult this site for more information on this entity.
http://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/healthlibrary/conditions/hematology_and_blood_disorders/hemophagocytic_lymphohistiocystosis_134,212/ ...Read more
Feel weekness probably due to high HB level. Doctors suggest letting of blood to reduce Hb levels. There could be chance of cancer.
What should I do?
No: This is worrisome though, especially if it's well above the reference range and there's no clear explanation. (Mild elevations mean little and the range is set so that several percent of healthies fall above.) Get with your physician about this. ...Read more
Yes: A spot elevated cortisol means nothing. Appropriate follow-up is a Dexamethasone suppression test, 24 hour urinary cortisol, maybe others if cushingism is a possibility, then a workup for the possible causes, one of which is an adrenal cancer. If you suspect you have cancer, there are better ways of looking for it; I'm glad you had your colonoscopy. Best wishes. ...Read more
Thank you. What is causing the high INR level of 15+. Could it be cancer. It was 17.9 two weeks ago.
Coumadin (warfarin): Assuming your not on Coumadin (warfarin), other causes include liver disease, blood factor deficiencies. ...Read more
Could high prolactin levels be a cause of cancer I haven't had period in 5 months waiting to find out why my prolactin levels are high?
No relation to cance: Cancer is not caused or related to high prolactin. A benign adenoma of the pituitary gland is often the cause of high prolactin level which can cause irregular periods. You should go see an endocrinologist to check your pituitary gland(located under the brain) sooner. ...Read more
If CEA levels are high (10-13) & all tests clear of any cancer can smoking be the only reason for such high cea? What would be normal cea?
Normal CEA is generally below 5.
By the way, CEA is not a screening test. It is used to follow diseases that exist and hint, sometimes, at recurrence. If someone has a cancer, such as colon cancer, and is getting a CEA for follow-up, if they are a smoker, it might be elevated as you stated. ...Read more
No!: Tsh stands for "thyroid stimulating hormone". It does exactly what it says; stimulates your thyroid to produce hormones! If your thyroid is not producing enough thyroid hormone, your TSH will go up. So a high TSH simply means you have an underactive thyroid gland (hypothyroidism). There are many conditions that cause this, and they are easily treatable. See your health provider! ...Read more
Not necessarily: These are liver function tests. When they are high, it means there is some degree of liver damage. High levels are seen in viral or alcohol hepatitis or drug toxicity with tylenol (acetaminophen) or some herbal preparations or fatty liver. Even though cancer can cause increased liver tests, other more common causes as listed above should be considered first. ...Read more
I had er/pr+ cancer 5 tumors masectomy 2cm. Now have high levels of B12 could it be sign of bone cancer?
Not necessarily: Tumor makers are good for monitoring the response to treatment. Low or better yet, absent levels may mean that tumor is not there, however, more often it indicates a remission and levels increase if there is a recurrence. Therefore, low levels of tumor markers do not always mean "no more cancer". ...Read more
It's not: It's exceptional for the ANA to be up secondary to cancer; most often these patients have obvious paraneoplastic polymyositis / dermatomyositis. There's a huge amount of garbage on "pop" medical sites about "everything causes an elevated ANA". The truth is that plenty of people have high ANA titers without anything at all ever being wrong with them. I'm hoping this is you. Best wishes. ...Read more
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I still have high thyroid perox AB levels after a thyroidectomy(cancer). Are high levels normal or could there be some thyroid tissue still? Thx
Antibody is not: Dependent on thyroid tissue. The body makes antibodies by different cells than the thyroid. The antibodies can persist even if no thyroid tissue is left. ...Read more
I'm taking 5000 mcg of B12. Since beginning this my serum level went from 500 to >2000, is the supplement the cause? Read high levels can be cancer!!!
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