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Came Back Negative
Need more info: 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, you did not say what was cultured and where is the discharge from. If it is vaginal discharge, a small amount of discharge, as long as it is not foul smelling, may be normal. ...Read more
See details: Ask the doctor who examined you in the first place. One needs more specific information about the pain to offer any answers. ...Read more
Possible: Testing in general is accurate, however there are always chances of false negative testing. This can vary from test to test, but generally describes the chance that a reported negative test result is actually positive. Re-testing can help decrease the chances of a false negative test. ...Read more
Depends on symptoms: It is possible to have herpes (genital, oral, or shingles) and still have a negative culture or PCR test for the virus, especially if the outbreak is well on its way to healing. A blood test can check for infection, but a positive result says nothing about the part of the body affected or when infection happened. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more
See your doctor: You may have an ovarian cyst that is preventing you from having your menses. You could also not be ovulating. If your cycles are regular every month and this happened see your doctor. If your cycles are irregular and different lengths each month then this is likely you not ovulating. Either way: See your doctor, check an ultrasound. ...Read more
Various tests: There are several tests for Sjogren`s syndrome and it isn`t possible to comment without knowing the test. Please ask your doctor who ordered. ...Read more
Needs evaluation: The basic test for syphilis is calked an rpr. It is very sensitive meaning a false positive is rare. If you know you have been exposed then get retested. The symptoms of syphilis vary widely and can often be confused for other disease. Because of this syphilis is known as the "great imitator." see your doctor to evaluate what other tests for other diagnosis should be considered. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
False Negatives: It is very common to get a false negative in these situations. The test may not have gotten the right tissue at risk or gone deep enough to get a correct sample. All partners should be treated in this situation. ...Read more
Can you tell me if a biopsy came back negative how can my dr. Still diagnose me with that disease?
It depends: It depends on the disease. Some diseases are diagnosed solely by biopsy, whereas others are diagnosed by a set of criteria. If the other criteria are present, you can still have the disease, despite a negative biopsy. If you are not convinced, you can always ask for a second opinion. ...Read more
I was tested once for celiac disease and it came back negative. In three years could that have changed?
Check with you Doc: Discuss with your doctor why your were tested for celiac disease. As with any test, the degree of suspicion for a particular disease helps understand the results. If there was a very high index of suspicion for celiac disease and the test was negative it may need to be repeated or further testing may need to done like a biopsy of your small intestine. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was checked for mental retardation and all the tests came back negative but I still am in special ed. Why?
Ttc. I have taken two tests and both came back negative. Spotted mainly for 2-3 days. I suspect I am but tests say no. What should I do?
Trust the test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. Sounds like just a late period. ...Read more
I am 2 months late, not stressed, and 4 tests came back negative..... I have not changed anything in my diet or exercise, what is wrong with me?
Possibly thyroid: Without a more extensive history, i can't offer much certainty, but in my experience, after pregnancy the most common causes for missed periods in young women is adrenal fatigue, which diverts Progesterone to the adrenals to convert to cortisol. The other possibility that i've commonly found is low thyroid function. Sometimes birth control pills can inhibit menstruation. Regards, dr. Tedde rinker. ...Read more
I had the InformaSeq test done. It came back negative for all 3 syndromes. What does that actually means? How accurate and sensitive is this test?
Negative predictive: Value of all 3 tests is 99.9%. This means only 1 of 1000 or fewer will actually have the syndromes if the test is negative. As accurate as medical testing gets. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
What if i take a test and im positive for gonnorhea and i get cured but before idid i took another and that came back negative what does that mean?
I was diagnosed w/ syphillis & was treated. I had my partner tested it came back negative. I am getting symptoms again & test is pos.How can this be?
Take a test : Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...Read more
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