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Gran Blood Test
Nope: The total WBC is important to know for sure, but this percentage is unlikey to be of any consequence. ...Read more
I had a blood test done at a health fair. It wasn't Free, but I get reasults and I don't know how to read them. The numbers do have an H or a L near them. Could you please tell me why my IMM GRAN# is H at 0.0077-0.0353 K/mcL....... TY?
Not meaningful: Your immature granulocyte is low enough to be in the normal range. Please note that all laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and that is why it is important to consult a doctor about your health issues, selection and interpretation of lab tests. ...Read more
Nothing: Labs mean nothing whatever in the absence of a clinical history and physical exam. Especially, relative percentages of lymphocytes and granulocytes is junk data that, frankly, I wish the labs wouldn't even report. The absolute counts of both lymps and monocytes fluctuate wildly hour by hour, and i'd draw no conclusion. I hope some other finding will reveal the true cause of your chronic fatigue. ...Read more
Wha???: Numbers, numbers, numbers. You need you know the reference ranges of the lab that did the tests. You need to know why the tests were done and how they relate to prior tests, if any. Those numbers on their face don't bother me too much, but that's not really saying too much either. What bothers me is that you didn't ask the doctor who ordered them. So, your mission is clear..... ...Read more
Trouble urinating got blood test. WBC 14.5, LYMPH 4.9, MONO 0.9, GRAN 8.6, SGPT 96, CO2, 32. All Abnormal flags. Prostate looks normal. HELP ME plse.
Time for a visit: The site is not designed to diagnose and treat patients. Although we often address broad questions and comment on a variety of health issues. That fact is at the bottom of every site page. Your lab is odd, but without having a proper history, physical exam and the other parts of an evaluation, I can only suggest you discuss it all with your doc at a scheduled office visit. ...Read more
Yes: But you must accept the responsibility that if something is not able to be diagnosed or missed by not getting the test the consequences are your responsibility. Also when you are on some medications you need to have blood work to asses treatment and may hinder your treatment. ...Read more
Big picture: Red cell size distribution width can be high simply from donating blood, or from early iron deficiency before anemia or any of several non-problems. And reference ranges are set so that several percent of healthies fall outside. Your history, physical exam and other labs are what matter; ignore a lone high rdw. ...Read more
Many reasons: Some blood tests require that you do them several times to get an idea of how your body is responding to certain internal or external cues (disease, exercise, medication, etc), and this is done over time. Sometimes a blood test gives an unexpected result, and a repeat test is performed to assure accuracy of the test or require additional studies. ...Read more
Unclear question: Laboratories report calculate osmolarity based on electrolyte levels, BUN and Glucose. 282 is a normal level. If your doctor has any concern, s/he can ask for a measured value of osmolarity. In some instances the gap between the calucated and measured values provides additional information. ...Read more
Your own doctor: You have an absolute right to a full explanation from your care provider. Nobody here can do more than help with some minor detail. Be assertive and you will get the answers you need from someone who knows you. ...Read more
No: Because many illnesses are not diagnosable by bloodwork, and there are a host of genetic illnesses for which the labs are very expensive and are a waste of money if there's no reason to suspect the illness is present. ...Read more
Not a big issue: You must be kidding, right? You have never had blood drawn? It is not a big issue. ...Read more
Not directly: Anxiety is a complex problem. It can be found in isolation as a unique problem, or it may be a result of other issues or made worse by other issues. Some medical problems can worsen anxiety, one example being hyperthyroidism, and this can be tested by blood test. However, discuss your symptoms with your doctor who can put together the whole clinical picture. ...Read more
Depends: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, ASO reflects prior infection with Streptococci. It is one of the tests for diagnosing rheumatic fever. Note that it is only of the criteria. Your titer means you had an infection with streptococci, but many people have had strep throat. ...Read more
Would you please provide the full name of the test. There is no standard test called "igs"
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Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Talk to your: Doctor who ordered the blood tests. It is entirely appropriate for you to seek explanation for the tests. ...Read more
See below: Blood tests can reveal a variety of information: genetic like dna or bloodtype, metabolic tests that measure body processes like liver function, tests for infection or response to infection, tests that measure chemistry like iron or other metals in our blood, tests for immunity to disease and many others. ...Read more
One of the tests for: Allergy. People with allergies and parasitic infestations may have elevated ige level. All lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the test is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more
RBC size: Mcv stands for mean cell volume and measures the size of a red cell. Small size can be due to iron deficiency or various inhereted kinds of anemias most commonly. Large red cells are seen with B12 deficiency, Folic Acid deficiency, alcohol abuse, liver disease, some drugs, hypothyroidism, and many kinds of bone marrow problems. Mcv is used to help find the cause of anemia. ...Read more