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Doctor insights on: Cytokine Blood Test In Autism With Catatonia

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between genetic and environmental factors. Patients with autism may display significant delays in certain developmental areas while having normal or superior strengths in other developmental or learning domains. The severity of the disorder is highly variable ...Read more


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Helping my sons pediatrician help me. Son diagnosed with autism. No blood work to rule out anything else. What tests should he order?

Helping my sons pediatrician help me.  Son diagnosed with autism.  No blood work to rule out anything else. What tests should he order?

Current standards : For genetic testing in a child with autism include comparative genomic hybridization & dna probe for fragile x. If there are physical findings like unusual facial features or hyper- or hypo-pigmented areas of skin (seen with a wood's light), there may be more specific tests. The need for an MRI of the brain is determined by head growth (birth-present) & specific findings on neurological exam. ...Read more

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Can weed show up in my blood test?

Can weed show up in my blood test?

Only if tested for: And you cannot be tested without your consent, at least where I live. This isn't the place to debate the wisdom of our cannabis laws, but this is no reason to fear getting your routine lab work. ...Read more

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Does weed show up on a blood test?

Does weed show up on a blood test?

It can: but only if the lab order is to check the level. When we order blood tests we specify exactly what we want the lab to check. It's not just a random set of tests. ...Read more

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How often do u need to take blood test?

How often do u need to take blood test?

You do not!: There is not need to take blood tests if you are otherwise healthy. Doctors will do screening tests, depending on the patient's history and physical finding. Let your doctor decide when it may be appropriate to do blood test and the kind of test. ...Read more

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How to avoid fainting after a blood test?

How to avoid fainting after a blood test?

Tell the tech: If you tend to faint after a blood draw, tell the person drawing the blood, before s/he draws blood so that you may be placed in a safe position. It is not something that you can control and is not a sign of weakness. You may help your cause by drinking a glass of water an hour or so before the test. ...Read more

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Can I have a blood test done for anything?

Many things: There are blood tests for many, but not all diagnoses. For example there is no blood test for schizophrenia. You need to discuss with your doctor why you need to be tested and what type of test may be needed. ...Read more

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Advice? Would weed show up on a blood test?

Advice? Would weed show up on a blood test?

It can.: Single use marijuana may be found in blood for 12 to 24 hours. Regular use marijuana may be found in blood for 2 to 7 days. ...Read more

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At what age can you first take a blood test?

At what age can you first take a blood test?

Any age with consent: People of any age may have blood tests taken. As far as children and teenagers being seen independently and having blood tests taken, there can be 'implied consent, ' such as when a parent schedules an appointment or brings the child/teen in for the visit. Some practices maintain a written permission from parents to treat minor illnesses or do tests without their explicit permission. ...Read more

Cytokine (Definition)

Any of several nonantibody proteins, such as lymphokines, that are released by a cell population on contact with a specific antigen and act as intercellular mediators, as in the generation of an immune response. Compliments of the ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

Autism spectrum disorder, also called pervasive developmental disorder (PDD), is a type of condition that includes life-long impairment in the ability to communicate and to have normal social interactions. These include ...Read more