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What is a serious disease of the lungs caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum?

What is a serious disease of the lungs caused by the fungus histoplasma capsulatum?

Histoplasmosis: Histoplasmosis is an initial infection of the lungs giving flu-like or cold-like symptoms...The fungus can sometimes infect the retina (the inside light sensitive lining of the eye). The infection can cause direct damage to the retina and if it affects the macula, central vision may be destroyed. Exposure to histoplasmosis correlates with chicken farming, the fungus lingers in the animal waste. ...Read more

Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more


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What is a <0.03 result for AChR Binding Abs, Serum What is a 19 result for AChR Blocking Abs, Serum what is a <12 result for AChR Modulating Ab?

What is a <0.03 result for AChR Binding Abs, Serum
What is a 19 result for AChR Blocking Abs, Serum
what is a <12 result for AChR Modulating Ab?

Ordering MD?: You're being tested for myasthenia gravis, but you know that, right? The ordering physician is obligated to review test results and explain them. No? Those are negative titers, but THEY'RE not the patient; YOU are. Test results are meaningless by themselves. Your doc ordered them for a reason. That's the person you should be asking. ...Read more

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Antistreptolysin o ab of 1266.7 what is wrong with me? Uric acid7.2 (serum), c-reactive protein, quant 12.3 i feel awful!

Antistreptolysin o ab of 1266.7 what is wrong with me?  Uric acid7.2 (serum), c-reactive protein, quant 12.3 i feel awful!

Need a history: As a pathologist whose life focus has been lab medicine, i'm always reminding people that labs by themselves mean nothing. Plenty of people have an aso titer as high as yours, whether or not they've had strep throat recently; it's one piece of a puzzle. Whatever prompted ordering an aso (kidney? Joints?) is the key to specialist referral if your pcp can't answer. ...Read more

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Whats the meaning of Herpes Type 1 IgG- Serum Positive, Herpes Type 2 IgG - Serum Negative and Herpes 1+2 IgM Ab Serum Negative? Thats my results

Whats the meaning of Herpes Type 1 IgG- Serum Positive, Herpes Type 2 IgG - Serum   Negative and Herpes  1+2 IgM Ab Serum Negative? Thats my results

HSV1, no HSV2: The results mean you are carrying herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV1), usually from oral infection in childhood, so you probably have had it for years. But if you have had symptoms that suggest genital herpes, it could be a genital infection. You do not have HSV2, the usual cause of genital herpes. I takes up to 12 weeks for positive results, so these results do not exclude recent infection. ...Read more

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What is dialyzed serum and is it useful?

What is dialyzed serum and is it useful?

I am not aware: Of any clinical use of dialyzed serum. Such products are available from animal sources and are utilized in culture systems for study of blood stem cells and progenitors. I would be suspect of a claim for human therapeutic use. ...Read more

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What is IgE serum?

What is IgE serum?

IgE: In serum measures the level of IgE circulating in the blood stream, it is the immunoglobulin that binds to the surface of certain cells, mast cells and basophills, and responsible for acute type I allergic reactions. IgE measures the amount of circulating IgE not the bound IgE, it is elevated in certain diseases ...Read more

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Whats serum sickness?

Whats serum sickness?

Systemic allergic : Systemic allergic response in which antibody-antigen reaction in the blood stream causes systemic problems. ...Read more

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What is magnesium serum?

What is magnesium serum?

Magnesium: I'm not sure what you mean. Assuming this means you were told by your doctor you had a abnormally high serum magnesium level, it can be caused by a number of things, some a simple as use of certain magnesium-containing antacids. It is also associated with kidney disease and if pathologic often associated with abnormal calcium and/or potassium levels. It definitely deserves further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can serum sickness be cured?

Can serum sickness be cured?

Yes: The most common treatment for serum sickness is discontinuation of the offending drug, combined with the use of both antihistamines and glucocorticoids. Withdrawal of the drug by itself is usually sufficient treatment for patients with mild symptoms. Fever and joint pains resolve within 48 hours. To prevent recurrence, the culprit drug should be avoided in the future, if possible. ...Read more