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Why is Syphilis serology done as oppose to Syphilis antibody?

Why is Syphilis serology done as oppose to Syphilis antibody?

Same thing: These are two names for the same set of tests. Both intend to diagnose current or past infection with syphilis. ...Read more

Dr. Ihab Ibrahim
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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Does HPV are related to syphillis?

Does HPV are related to syphillis?

Completely different: Both can be transmitted sexually but are very very different conditions. Hpv is a virus, some strains of which can predispose to cervical cancer. Syphilis is caused by a spirochaete (treponema pallidum), a type of bacteria which produces a very complicated disease. ...Read more

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How often does pregnancy cause false positive HIV test?

How often does pregnancy cause false positive HIV test?

HIV: Rare, rare, rare. And confirmatory testing is always done so that this will prove false-positive immediately. ...Read more

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Does hemolysis cause a false high bilirubin ? What can cause a false low PKU result

Does hemolysis cause a false high bilirubin ?
What can cause a false low PKU result

Confusing questions: Hemolysis will not affect the bilirubin test but may eventually lead to a higher bilirubin level when the liver processes the hemolysed cells.This is common if a newborn has a big blood pocket called a cephalohematoma under the scalp at birth.If a newborn is tested before they have had enough dietary protein (feeding) to process, the PKU test can be falsly low.Most states repeat it at 2 wks ...Read more

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Why is the blood supply screened for syphilis when syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

Why is the blood supply screened for syphilis when syphilis is not transmitted via infected blood?

Blood can transmit: Blood contact very rarely can transmit syphilis. It probably requires much more blood than possible during sexual exposure, shared needles, etc, but transfusion can do it, especially with non-refrigerated blood products. It's extremely rare and even without testing, probably there would be few if any cases, at least in the US. OTOH, testing is easy, cheap, and ingrained by history and habit. ...Read more

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Which factors that can cause a false positive hepatitis C test?

Which factors that can cause a false positive hepatitis C test?

Autoimmune: No test is perfect. Every test has a false positive and false negative rate. Any condition that leads to lots of antibody production, like autoimmune diseases, can lead to false positive tests. In hcv, antibody response is not as important as viral load since about 25% of people will be truly infected but clear it themselves. Everyone with hcv antibodies needs an hcv RNA test for active infection. ...Read more

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Wouldn't malnutrition due to Crohn's disease cause an abnormal Prealbumin blood level?

Wouldn't malnutrition due to Crohn's disease cause an abnormal Prealbumin blood level?

Pre-albumin / Crohns: Yes depending on level of inflammation in crohns disease. As a gastroenterologist I use pre-albumin in conjunction with other blood tests to see how my patients are responding to therapy. If inflammation is poorly controlled pre-albumin is usually low. ...Read more

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Is HPV related to syphilis?

Is HPV related to syphilis?

No: Syphilis is caused by the bacterium treponema pallidum. Hpv (human papillomavirus) is a dna virus. They are two different sexually transmitted diseases. ...Read more

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Does HPV that causes visible genital warts in men lead to cancer or autoimmune diseases?

Does HPV that causes visible genital warts in men lead to cancer or autoimmune diseases?

HPV: It all depends upon the strain of hpv you get. The unfortunate news is that distinguishing strains is not readily available with testing. But, the bad strains of hpv can cause throat and rectal cancers in men. ...Read more

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How often could newborn screening need retested?

How often could newborn screening need retested?

Which screening ??: Metabolic screening is usually done after 24 hours and again after a week. Further study is not indicated unless a clinical indication arised.Hearing screening is generally done at any point prior to hospital discharge and repeated until the kid passes or a decision is made for a more specific test. Hearing is also screened at any future point if a parent has concerns that the kid is not hearing. ...Read more

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Can long intake of glutathione IV affect cbc? Can it cause blood cancer or leukemia ?

Can long intake of glutathione IV affect cbc? Can it cause blood cancer or leukemia ?

In a good way; no: Glutathione is unlikely to have any affect on the red cell count but may improve one's white cell count if it is abnormal as it supports immune function. As a substance that boosts immunity and supports detoxification it is likely to reduce risk of all cancers; there is no evidence that glutathione can cause any type of cancer. See http://tinyurl.com/y95rale ...Read more

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Does low serum globulin affect blood tests that assess immunoglobulin levels? For example if an illness caused proteinuria, could a disease actually cause the test for it to be falsely negative?

Does low serum globulin affect blood tests that assess immunoglobulin levels? For example if an illness caused proteinuria, could a disease actually cause the test for it to be falsely negative?

Depends: If your immunoglobulin(s) is low especially when it involves igg, your immune system is likely impaired. It is not a "false-postive" result although the cause for the deficiency may vary and treated accordingly. ...Read more

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Can syphilis cause a positive ANA test?

Can syphilis cause a positive ANA test?

No: However lupus can cause the screening test for syphilis (the rpr) to be falsely positive. ...Read more

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Does antibiotics affect hiv testing results?

Does  antibiotics affect hiv testing results?

No: Antibiotics should not effect the results of your HIV testing results. ...Read more

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Would huntingtons disease affect any other blood tests? ( cause abnormal blood results for anything)

Would huntingtons disease affect any other blood tests? ( cause abnormal blood results for anything)

Not usually: Unless due to the disorder, other complications have occurred such as infection, malnutrition, chemical imbalance, the only standard abnormal blood test would be the genetic studies. ...Read more

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Syphilis (Definition)

A sexually transmitted disease involving a ...Read more