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Cvc Lab Test
It can be tricky!: Testing for cushing syndrome (overproduction of cortisol) can be tricky because cortisol production occurs on a circadian rhythm (high in the morning, low at night). The correct test needs to be done, and collected properly. Sometimes, the tests to confirm cushing syndrome need to be done several times over a few months, to be sure it's not being missed. ...Read more
High CPK: This test tells you of muscle tissue breakdown. ...Read more
Huh?: If this is a school assignment, please have a talk with your teacher's supervisor. If you are healthy and your physician has reviewed your routine labs (complete blood count, chemical profile including LDL and HDL cholesterol, and urinalysis) and isn't concerned, there is no reason whatsoever for you to know any of the exact values. ...Read more
Drug Testing: You have been given answers to your question by several doctors here on health tap. The answer is yes, if they are testing for it. Please consider moving on or asking a new question. ...Read more
Toxins in the system: Test not needed. Without specific illness or medical problem, toxins in your system is NOT some thing that need test (s). Many companies sell their products in the name of purifications. ...Read more
It should: Spice is a general term, there are actually many different synthetic cannabinoids that could be in spice some of which have very long half lives. They are tested for with very sensitive tests- depending on the lab. ...Read more
See MD: Blood and other tests available to help with diagnosis ...Read more
What are the test to diangosis acute or choronic pancreatitis, in addition to performing the labs?
Pancreatitis: Lab tests usually include a comprehensive metabolic panel, amylase, lipase. Usually an imaging, study such as a CT scan of the abdomen, help to assess the severity of pancreatitis. Acute is usually caused by alcohol, certain meds, and gallstones. Chronic is often alcohol related. ...Read more
I had lab test done and looking at my online chart.... My mean platellet volume is 7.3. What does this mean?
Normal: Your mean platelet volume is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
My DHEA-S is 11.5 (anything below 9.8 is normal). All other labs within range. Cause of concern? Tests needed? Thanks!
DHEAS is the stable (sulfated) form of DHEA the major precusor steroid hormone in the androgen/estrogen pathway. It is a marker of overall adrenal function especially considered a marker of adrenal androgens. Concern would arise from any associated menstrual, androgenic (eg hirsuitism, acne) or metabolic disturbances. If none would still monitor on occasion for further elevation. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my test results and chart are missing, now the lab which would've done my testing has no record of me at all!?
Ordering provider: You need to call the provider that ordered the tests. They should be able to give you your results. Perhaps your tests were sent to a different laboratory. Also, remember that labs will not provide results over the phone since they have no way of checking to ensure that the person calling was the person tested. It is done to protect patient confidentiality. ...Read more
I'm a 60 male 7 ordered my own labs. I got back a urin mircroalbumin of 21.8 & is this ok. Also, should I have asked for different test?
Microalbumin: Generally, under 30 is "normal" but results may vary due to age, gender, & testing method. What other tests did you order? Are you diabetic? Do you have a history of kidney disease? Discuss your test results with your fp & explain your concerns so (s)he can guide you to the best tests. ...Read more
How do home drug tests compare to lab tests? I have passed several home tests without a positive result, even on my first void of the day.
Lab tests are more: Sensitive and often test for additional compounds that home tests may not detect. Best advice is: if you care about passing the test, don't do the drugs. ...Read more
I believe I have intolerances to some foods but unsure how to pinpoint which ones. What is preferred method? Is there a lab test that would help?
Yes: You can have your blood tested for IgE antibodies to food antigens. However, trial and error with food intake, while laborious, is a more fruitful way to ascertain if you are intolerant to some foods. ...Read more
I have seen 6 neruolologist, 3 says MS just looking at me once, 3 says no neruo problems, have more problems, why won't the do more test, labs, m bio?
Go To University: Hello utah. I trained there. This is way too complicated for this simple app. I would call the neurology department at the university medical center in salt lake city and see if they would be willing to see you and sort all of this out. If you have not had an MRI then you need this. ...Read more
In general yes:
Generally speaking if you bought these home tests from known pharmacies “not from some shady website" they are usually as good as the ones in labs.
However, reference labs “those are labs with very specialized equipment" have tests that are way more sensitive than your regular home drug test, but these reference lab tests are so expensive that we rarely use them in practice.... ...Read more
This is moot: Anthrax organisms grow on culture. However, a physician must suspect anthrax and treat, because it is likely to kill you -- especially the inhaled form -- before the lab result is back. ...Read more
No single test: The adrenals make quite a few different hormones, so no single test can tell if everything is just right. And it gets even more complicated. One key adrenal hormone, cortisol, can vary a lot between normal people, and within the same person depending upon time of day, and whether or not they're feeling well or not, so that different tests are needed for suspected high or low cortisol levels. ...Read more
It's deep stuff: As a lab specialist, I appreciate your question but must tell you that it would take more than 400 characters to cover it fully. A textbook of lab medicine such as Henry's Clinical Diagnosis by Laboratory Methods will give you some sense of what goes on. Best wishes. ...Read more