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Serology (Definition)

The scientific study of blood serum & other bodily fluids. In practice, it usually refers to identifying antibodies in the serum, which are typically formed in response to an infection (against a microorganism), against other foreign proteins (for example, to proteins in a mismatched blood transfusion), or to one's own proteins (in ...Read more


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Are pap smear tests mandatory in order to get birth control in toronto, canada?

Are pap smear tests mandatory in order to get birth control in toronto, canada?

I do not know: In the us a doctor would want to do a history and physical on the woman to make sure she has no problems or contraindications to the pill , if she is sexually active then a pap would also be done. ...Read more

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Would myeloma-related proteins or an m spike show up in routine blood tests - or specialized tests only? What about protein in routine urine test?

Would myeloma-related proteins or an m spike show up in routine blood tests - or specialized tests only? What about protein in routine urine test?

Yes/no/maybe: A routine chemistry may show an elevation in the total protein or globulin levels plus or minus high calcium or kidney dysfunction but the ultimate diagnosis is made with an SPEP + IFE. Urine electrophoresis may also show the protein if it's small enough to filter through. That is not always the case, though. ...Read more

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What can the blood tests look for during your annual gynecology visit?

What can the blood tests look for during your annual gynecology visit?

Depends: Depends on your lifestyle and your gynecologic health. Sometimes your gynecologist will order std testing, hiv, pregnancy test, hormonal analysis, urine tests, vaginal cultures. ...Read more

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Do the annual pelvic exams and pap tests also show something about a woman's fertility?

Do the annual pelvic exams and pap tests also show something about a woman's fertility?

Mostly no: Paps tell nothing about fertility; a grossly abnormal exam might identify a fertility issue but otherwise no. ...Read more

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Are the asbergers free screening exams online considered reputable in regards to recommending further testing?

Are the asbergers free screening exams online considered reputable in regards to recommending further testing?

Depends: Screening tools are, by definition, meant to miss few possible candidates, which means that they often are oversensitive, so pick up people who are just fine as well as those with problems. If you or your child is having chronic, impairing social difficulties and one of the screens seems to suggest asperger's disorder as a possibility, it would not be unreasonable to seek further evaluation. ...Read more

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Is paternity testing done at all the regular lab locations?

Is paternity testing done at all the regular lab locations?

Only at select labs: The two major laboratory companies--quest and labcorp have few locations in the country to run maternity testing requests. The blood samples can be drawn from vuirtually any local laboratory location, but then the samples are sent to the specific lab. So, as far as your testing need is concerned, it can be drawn anywhere and you will get the result--this u don't even need a doctor order! good luck. ...Read more

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What tests in pregnancy look for disabilities in your child?

What tests in pregnancy look for disabilities in your child?

Ultrasound and labs: Throughout pregnancy there are incremental examinations for disabilities. Sometimes there is an early sonogram inside of 10 weeks, that can visualize the heart and check size. Around 20 weeks, there is a full sonogram that looks over multiple areas for any kind of anomalies. Depending, there may be one later too. There are also labs drawn that look for congenital and spinal defects around 20 wks. ...Read more

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Do pediatricians check for THC in routine urine samples ?

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Do pediatricians check for THC in routine urine samples ?

Urine: Not routinely, unless specifically asked , or ordered by agency such as courts. ...Read more

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Does the routine blood exam after appointments test for thyroid levels?

Does the routine blood exam after appointments test for thyroid levels?

Not necessarily: Blood tests are ordered for specific reasons. Generally they are targeted to discover specific diseases or conditions. ...Read more

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Will doctors test for nicotine at a routine checkup through a bloodtest or urine?

Will doctors test for nicotine at a routine checkup through a bloodtest or urine?

No: There are not any routine substance tests that are performed at a physical, or check up. If you have a court appointed examination within the legal process, there may be testing required, or for hiring for some workplaces. But at this time, for a free individual maintaining their own liberties, there will not be any tests performed without your knowledge or consent. ...Read more

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Would midwife check urine for chlamydia/gonorrhoea if they didn't give you a pap test at antenatal booking?

Would midwife check urine for chlamydia/gonorrhoea if they didn't give you a pap test at antenatal booking?

Hard to say: The routine screenings common to various clinics or providers vary.In some, these are done as part of every exam, in others, it may only be done if requested. It would be reasonable to call in and ask if it was done, and schedule another visit if you feel the need for the testing. ...Read more

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Is urine test included in annual medical examination?

Is urine test included in annual medical examination?

Sometimes: Do you mean a routine urinalysis or a drug screen? Although a routine urinalysis seldom shows up anything important in folks without symptoms we still do them a lot. We'd never do a drug test in an annual pe unless you asked--unless your employer is paying for it and asks for a urine to be sent to their lab. ...Read more

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What are you looking for in prenatal testing for huntington's disease?

What are you looking for in prenatal testing for huntington's disease?

Prevention: If a parent is known to carry the huntington's mutation, there is a 50% chance they will pass this to their offspring. If undergoing ivf, the embryos can be testing for the gene, so that only unaffected embryos will be implanted. If already pregnant, chorionic villus sampling or amniocentesis can test for the gene, and affected pregnancies have the option of termination. ...Read more

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