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How Accurate Are C4a Blood Test Levels
Blood level: If the blood level does not match the clinical scenario.....check Methinine and Homocystine level. ...Read more
Blood test: Simple question -- but with real-world implications that are anything but simple. Best wishes. ...Read more
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Which of the following accurately predicts problems with cortisol levels blood test, 24 hr urine or midnight saliva swab?
Depends: Blood cortisol is useful in the diagnosis of cushings (hypercortisolemia) or adrenal insufficiency. A 24 hr urine cortisol is helpful to diagnose excess cortisol. Saliva cortisol is only helpful in diagnosing excess cortisol, not adrenal insufficiency. If a blood cortisol level is low, further evaluation is required to establish if your adrenal function is truly low. ...Read more
When is the best time to take valproate blood test to be most accurate level? I take 750mg twice a day (at 12h intervals) Depakote ER. Thanks
Trough level: Depakote ER is usually taken once a day because it is an extended-release formulation. Timing of the blood draw does matter. Speak to your prescribing physician regarding your dosing and blood work. Here is a relevant article with more specific information: http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/16778728 ...Read more
I have an irregular cycle. How many days after sex can I take an HCG blood test for accuracy? My level was 'less than 1.2' 13 days after intercourse
About two weeks: You can take a pregnancy test about two weeks after to determine if you are pregnant. ...Read more
Is tiredness a sign of folic acid deficiency, what is most accurate blood test to check folic acid level?
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You will find everything you want to know in easy to understand comments. ...Read more
I am of SE Asian Origin Blood Test for Sweats at night and Tiredness result states the patient has variant Hb prevents accurate measure of HbA1c Recommend serum Fructosmine level to Mon Diabetes control. WBC 3.9 Range 4-11 Neutrophilis 1.3 R 2.0-7.5?
Blood Test vs Urine: It would be better to say that the blood test is able to detect smaller amounts of the hCG that indicates pregnancy. Urine home pregnancy tests are very accurate and also very sensitive, and they vary a bit brand to brand. Once you have missed your period, either test would normally detect hCG these days. Good luck! ...Read more
Depends: Lab tests need be evaluated in term of sensitivity, specificity and predictive value. Some of these parameters depend on the population being tested. Home tests are generally accurate, provided the testing is performed strictly according to the instructions of the manufacturer. Home tests are generally screening tests and often require confirmation with a test in an accredited laboratory. ...Read more
Yes: There are blood tests for a fatty acid profile that includes linoleic acid ...Read more
I recently had a blood test that showed I have an AGAP level of 7.6 mEq/L. It's flagged as "LOW" on my report. What could this mean?
Anion gap: The anion gap is the difference between the positive ions (sodium, potassium) and negatively charged (Bicarbonate (sodium bicarbonate) chloride). There are a number of other negatively charged ions that care not measured routinely (proteins). A low anion gap can occur if the serum albumin is low or if there is a time lag between the time that blood was drawn and time that the test was done. A high AG means acidosis. ...Read more
Potassium: Level (K = potassium) of 5.3, is bit off limit of high normal, that's a common lab finding. Often times it's due to breakdown of red blood cells which would increase the potassium level on reading. Results should be interpreted in context of clinical picture, otherwise, ignored or be repeated if the treating doctor decides to, best wishes ...Read more
Liver in Trouble: Actually there are no medications that help with liver damage. The only way to get better is to find the cause of the trouble and to remove it from your life. Common reasons for liver inflammation include toxic doses of medications, fatty deposits in obesity, and infections such as hepatitis. ...Read more
Why would you do it?: Well, taking estrogen orally will increase your blood levels. But unless it is to treat a medical condition or prevent pregnancy, taking estrogen can be dangerous -- blood clots, stroke, heart attacks -- are all associated with very high estrogen levels. So why would you want to do this? I guess that's the real question. Good luck! ...Read more
Who did the blood test? Why was it done? Was it a venous sample or finger stick? A value below 40 is abnormal and would induce symptoms in a normal person. Therefore I doubt it was an accurate result.
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Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Yes.: It's level in the blood can be measured, but will fluctuate wildly since it is out of your system after 14 hrs! ...Read more
Ignore it: The "gfr" given on lab sheets these days is a subscientific estimate of the rate at which water passes from blood into the the filtrate that will become urine. For a healthy person, the "gfr estimate" is not helpful. It ignores variability in body musculature, how much protein you have eaten recently, and other factors. ...Read more
How low?: Labs mean nothing in isolation. If this is a search for a possible lupus flare, or a workup for rheumatologic disease, and the C3 level is quite low, it may actually be important. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of healthies fall outside on either side. If the lab work was a screen and you're not far outside, don't worry. ...Read more
Many possible causes:
This means that there may be excess iron in your body. Find out the normal values for your laboratory? This differs depending on the laboratory doing the test.
If your ferritin is actually elevated, taking iron supplements may be a cause. Liver disease or a disorder called hemochromatosis can also elevate the ferritin. Speak with your doctor. ...Read more
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