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Can Cancer Cause Inr Levels To Change
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
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
Importance of barely elevated d-dimer (101ng/ml with ref range. 01-100) w/ normal CBC, INR, PT, aPPT? No PE/clot. 4lb weight loss. Cancer likely?
Cancer and D-Dimer: Anything is possible and therefore you need to see your primary care physician for evaluation. D-Dimer is not sensitive test for any one particular problem but is a specific test. If negative (normal), it helps exclude several conditions, most importantly DVT or PE. If positive, it does not help much because you have to figure out why it is elevated (low sensitivity). ...Read more
My brother has a pe and a mass on lung with thyroid nodules. Never smoked. He is hospital 5 days INR still 1.1. Cat scan says possiable cancer. How will we know for sure?
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
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
My INR level has increased constantly from therapeutic level (2-3) to recently 3.7, despite reduced warfarin dosis. What is the caused? Thank you
6 yr. Post stroke. Monthly stable INR is 2.5. In the last two wks. My INR has dropped to 1.7. No change in diet. Possible causes and remedies.?
Multiple factors: Coumadin (warfarin) interacts with a number of gods and medications. Please check the following link for detailed information. Http://m.circ. Ahajournals. Org/content/119/8/e220.full. ...Read more
With or: Without Coumadin (warfarin)? Either way this is a dangerous level & needs treatment. ...Read more
I was told that keeping on a Pads for awhile can cause cancers. I use always thin & change 4-6 hours depending on the flow?
Using pads for feminine hygiene will not cause cancer.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
What could cause my INR to be 1.9 last week, and 4.4 this week with no diet or medication changes? Can lupus anticoag. Do it?
Changing INR: It is relatively common for inr to change even though a person keeps taking the same dose of Coumadin (warfarin) and is careful with diet, taking the same amount of green foods (salads, green vegetables). Lupus antibodies do raise inr but unless there is a change in the level of lupus antibodies, it would not affect the inr. Some individuals have a very labile (changing) inr for no apparent reason. ...Read more
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
INR: Inr is a measure of clotting involving factors which we block with the drug warfarin. When the inr is high the factors are being blocked and clotting is inhibited. Usually we aim for an inr of 2 to 3 times standard. Sometimes we aim higher. If not on warfarin then the liver may be damaged causing the factors to be low. ...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
My friend has cml cancer and her hemoglobin levels were critical and she needed 3 pints of blood. What could be the cause critical hemoglobin levels?
How common is it for gastrointestinal cancers to cause an elevated CEA level? Is this even a meaningful test? Does it correlate w/a prognostic factor?
Not for screening: A great many smokers have somewhat elevated CEA, and cancer patients with very high CEA will usually have their cancers spotted by ordinary methods. Every one of the serum tumor markers has proved worthless as a screen -- the extra cases they'd pick up are outweighed by the morbidity (not to mention expense) of fishing expeditions searching for most-nonexistent tumors. ...Read more
Benign and malignant:
There are both benign and malignant causes of breast lumps.
Lumpy breast tissue associated with benign fibrocystic change is a common finding and is often tender and symmetric
fibroadenomas are common benign breast lumps that are seen in young women
breast cancer presenting as a mass is a later sign
if you have a breast lump please see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more
If I have CIN 1- cell changes - does it mean I have the dangerous types of HPV that cause cancer?
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!!!
Was told to see dr. Due to beta proyien levels being too high. Is this dangerous, and what could be the cause of this? I've survived cancer 2 times, I'm a 48yr old female. Don't drink, or smoke, and am not over weight, or out of shape.
I assume you meant to type beta protein. Beta amyloid proteins in the blood are often associated with a predisposition to familial alzheimers. The proteins per se do not cause alzheimers. You should consult with a neurologist who will possible suggest other testing and do baseline tests of memory and cognitive function. It is good that you do not drink or smoke and generally keep yourself in shape. This finding is not related to your cancer history.
In itself the elevated protein is not dangerous but bears watching. Good luck to you. ...Read more
Iron pancreas cancer: 33 M Ottawa: Can pancreatic cancer cause iron levels to increase? ANS: Can recall no biologically plausible mechanism for this to happen. But discuss with your Drs who know you and your metabolism best. ...Read more
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