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Are nuclear scans accurate for diagnosing gallbladder troubles?

Are nuclear scans accurate for diagnosing gallbladder troubles?

Yes for acute: The accuracy of cholescintigraphy (nuclear scan) for diagnosis of acute calculous cholecystitis has been greater than 95%, and the accuracy for acute acalculous cholecystitis is only slightly less. A normal scan with gallbladder visualization almost always excludes a diagnosis of acute cholecystitis. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Gallstones (Definition)

Stone-like deposits of bile in the gallbladder that are made from accumulation of cholesterol or bilirubin. Most gallstones are asymptomatic, however complications of gallstones include inflammation of the gallbladder, and blockage of ...Read more


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What tests are needed for diagnosing cushings disease?

What tests are needed for diagnosing cushings disease?

Complicated: Cushings syndrome is diagnosed by first having a clinical suspicion followed by careful testing: late night salivary cortisol, urinary cortisol or a Dexamethasone suppression test. Tests must be clearly and reproducibly abnormal. Further identification of the cause of the syndrome needs to be tailored to your particular situation. ...Read more

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What tests are necessary for an MS diagnosis?

What tests are necessary for an MS diagnosis?

MRI is required: The diagnosis of ms can be made by history, examination, and mri, under the new 2010 mcdonald criteria for the diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. Your doctor may need additional testing such as optical coherence tomography, a procedure that evaluates the thickness of the optic nerve, but this is not mandatory. Spinal taps are not as common as in the past. ...Read more

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Any noninvasive tests for endometriosis?

Any noninvasive tests for endometriosis?

CA-125: That is a blood test. If it is normal it is not helpful. In appropriate women, if it is elevated it may suggest endometriosis. An ultrasound may also suggest an endometrioma (endometriosis cyst on the ovary). But a true diagnosis requires surgery. ...Read more

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Are tests for myocarditis done in imaging?

Are tests for myocarditis done in imaging?

Two main tests: Echocardiogram (ultrasound) of the heart and biopsy of the heart muscle to confirm viral damage to the muscle tissue. ...Read more

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What are tests for diagnosis for cerebrovascular disease?

What are tests for diagnosis for cerebrovascular disease?

Cerebrovascular: Mra's, carotid dopplers, and carotid computed tomographic angiograms provide the structural backdrop for assessing the cerbrovasculature. ...Read more

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Which screening tests are performed for pregnancy?

Which screening tests are performed for pregnancy?

Beta HCG: If you mean test to diagnose pregnancy, urine and/or blood level of beta chain of human chorionic gonadotrophic hormone are tested. ...Read more

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What is the diagnostic test for ureterolithiasis?

What is the diagnostic test for ureterolithiasis?

Ureterolithiasis: The best test to identify a kidney or ureteral stone is a CT stone protocol. No oral or IV contrast is used ...Read more

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What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

What are diagnostic tests for viral meningitis?

Spinal Tap: The most important test to diagnose viral meningitis is a spinal tap. The fluid removed can give the answer sometimes immediately after looking at it but the culture will be most important to see if it is viral or bacterial. ...Read more

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How accurate are blood tests for appendicitis?

How accurate are blood tests for appendicitis?

Not diagnositic: Blood test do not diagnose appendicitis, elevated blood cell counts in a person with right lower quadrant pain support the diagnosis. Imaging studies are more reliable than blood tests. ...Read more

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Which tests are most accurate in diagnosing an ibd?

Which tests are most accurate in diagnosing an ibd?

Biopsy: IBD is diagnosed by a combination of the clinical symptoms, duration, the appearance of the mucosa and areas of involvement on a colonoscopic exam, and taking biopsies. The tissue biopsies can give a very good idea of whether a case might be IBD, but since other processes can look similar, your Doctor uses all of the above to make the dx. ...Read more

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What is HIDA scan for in context of diagnosing pancreatitis ?

What is HIDA scan for in context of diagnosing pancreatitis ?

Gallstone etiology: In the dyerentiation of gallstone from non- gallstone pancreatitis, hida scanning can be helpful by identifying gall bladder duct obstruction associated with pancreatitis and is sometimes better than liver function profile and clinical picture. ...Read more

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What are the diagnostic tests for hirschsprung disease post transanal endorectal?

What are the diagnostic tests for hirschsprung disease post transanal endorectal?

Rectal suction biops: Rectal suction biopsy can be diagnostic. If indeterminate you need a full thickness biopsy ...Read more

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What are the tests for diagnosing diabetes?

What are the tests for diagnosing diabetes?

Testing for diabetes: Hi. The tests for diabetes (fasting glucose, post-challenge glucose, 3-month average glucose, and random glucose) all have their strengths and weaknesses. A1c is an excellent test and vital to the modern management of diabetes; it's NOT the most sensitive diagnostic test, however. Fasting and post-challenge glucoses can both reveal more subtle abnormalities. Random glucose is a blunt instrument. ...Read more

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Given a positive RNP antibody test, what are the clinical diagnostic criteria for MCTD?

Given a positive RNP antibody test, what are the clinical diagnostic criteria for MCTD?

MCTD: Usually considered diagnostic if high RNP titer, and two or more of the following: Raynauds, myositis, synovitis and swollen fingers/hands. ...Read more

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Are RNA tests accurate for testing for HIV?

Are RNA tests accurate for testing for HIV?

Yes, but...: The HIV RNA tests are checking for the presence of certain parts of HIV. When positive, it can give us an idea of how much HIV is present. Most of the time, when positive, it highly suggests HIV infection. However, in rare instances, there can be false positive tests, which mean that a positive test may represent something else, not HIV. Thus, the best test for HIV is a standard HIV antibody test. ...Read more

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Is there a diagnostic test for whipple's disease?

Is there a diagnostic test for whipple's disease?

See a GI doctor: As it is rare, other diseases should be ruled out first, and then see a GI doctor. Whipple's disease, which most commonly involves small intestine, is diagnosed by taking a biopsy from the lining of the small intestine by using an upper endoscopy. if the tissue sample show macrophages positive for periodic acid-schiff stain, the electron microscopy and then dna testing can confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Would there be a narrow range of diagnoses for an ED patient who had 14 diagnostic lab tests, 1 unk diagnostic test at cost of $3k? Food poisoning?

Would there be a narrow range of diagnoses for an ED patient who had 14 diagnostic lab tests, 1 unk diagnostic test at cost of $3k? Food poisoning?

What is the question: You went to an emergency room for some illness and expected to be diagnosed without testing? You are lucky you were only charged $3, 000. It could have been a great deal more. Ers are abused, overused and populated by large numbers of people who never pay and cannot be turned away by law. Those who can pay foot the bill for those who cannot . This is why we need major revision to med care. ...Read more

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Are routine tests for bleeding disorders accurate?

Are routine tests for bleeding disorders accurate?

Yes: If the tests ordered for a bleeding disorder were not accurate, they would not be ordered - makes no sense. The question, however, is which tests are ordered and how are they interpreted - whether normal, low, or high. There are different types of bleeding disorders so different tests will help pinpoint the specific diagnosis. ...Read more

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Is the A1c test an accurate test for detecting diabetes?

Is the A1c test  an accurate test for detecting diabetes?

Yes, it is.: The HgbA1C is a measure reflective of your degree of diabetic control in the long term. It essentially represents a three month average of your fingersticks, as if you took a fingerstick every minute, night and day, eating and fasting, for three months straight and then averaged them all. Technically, it's the percentage of red blood cells that have glucose attached to them. ...Read more

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