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Lab Corp Tube Color
If the lab tech touched the specimen tubes in centerfuge with bare hands then put on gloves and drawn my labs could I have catch a disease?
Likely not.: If your skin is intact without any cuts or open wound, transmission of infection is less likely. Infectious agents in blood is likely to be transmitted more than urine, sputum and saliva through open wounds, mucous membranes in the mouth etc. Frequent hand washing with soap and water is a must in our job environment. Be careful next time! ...Read more
I am going for labs for ongoing stomach/chest pain but they say 6 tubes may be needed, more than usual 4. Can they just use 4 tubes versus 6 for labs?
LAB TESTIMG: It depends on the labs your doctor ordered. Check with your doctor if you need to be fasting. If you are worried about getting too much drawn on one day, ask him to give two lab orders and break up the draw. ...Read more
31 y/o ttc for 1year. Seen ob/gyn & fertility md, all labs & anatomy wnl except cervix stenosed & l fallopian tube removed. Is Clomid (clomiphene) next step?
Accurate?: The ANA is fraught with technical difficulties, but it's also critical that you understand how nonspecific a positive ANA is, even at a fairly high titer like 1:160. Perhaps one older person in 4 has a positive ANA and it proves nothing -- the vast majority of healthy. It's only one piece of a diagnostic puzzle. Hope this helps -- if not please repost and let us know exactly what' s up. ...Read more
Probably fine: Possibly nothing to worry about as it is very close to the normal, but you should double check with an endocrinologist, particularly if you noticed actual enlargement of any part of your body. ...Read more
Recently I was overwhelmed and took a lorazepam that wasn't (.5 mg) mine. If I passed an at home drug test would a pass a lab Corp drug screen?
6, 000 IU Vit D3 daily = reading of 100 (norm high @ Lab Corp). Serum Calcium is 11.1 w/ 10.3 high norm. Take 200 mg Calcium daily. Age 65 Concern?
I believe you are: Taking too much vitamin D3. For general purposes, including osteoporosis prevention, doses of 1000-1500 IU daily are usually recommended. Even though your reading is "high normal", it could still be contributing to your higher serum calcium level. Prefer to get calcium from the diet rather than through supplements. Review with your doctor. Stay well:) ...Read more
My RBC in past year just below borderline high or just above it. In chronological order (Lab corp range is 4.14 to 5.80) have tested 5.7, ABOVE normal 5.87, 5.75, 5.78 and 5.96. In all tests EXCEPT the latest normal hematocrit and normal Hemoglobin. Last
Looks normal to me:
The range is suppose to include 95% of people, which means its ok to be a little above or a little below the range.
But, there are more numbers in that test that have to be looked at too and will help understand the whole picture. ...Read more
Most of the time: A hematopathologist is a clinical scientist who analyzes blood samples, body fluids, and human tissue to identify disease and disorders in the human body. They use sophisticated equipment to test blood to create reports for physicians so that they can make accurate patient diagnosis. Sometimes they perform bone marrow biopsies in patients for diagnosis of marrow disease and metastasis. ...Read more
High CPK: This test tells you of muscle tissue breakdown. ...Read more
Anemia: I assume you mean 7.6 for the hemogobin, which is anemia - too few red blood cells. The MCV is the volume, or size of the red blood cells. If the body doesn't have some key nutrients (b12, folate, (folic acid) etc) it cannnot put the cells together well and they end up large (mcv > 100). With iron eficiency the MCV is often low. Your doctor will probably start by checking those levels. ...Read more
Corn starch: There will be somebody peddling fear of anything, but cornstarch is as harmless as you'll find. Some of the talc in old gloves contained asbestos which is dangerous, though I'm undecided whether it posed any significant cancer risk. Don't worry -- these old gloves are gone. ...Read more
Mean corpuscular: Hgb. That is fancy talk for the average amount of hemoglobin in a red blood cell. As as isolated finding it means nothing. ...Read more
Rheumatoid factor: This blood test assesses formed antibodies circulating in your blood that associate with rheumatoid arthritis. Your test result is low - so it does not indicate the classic disease. Still, RA is a complex illness that can develop and express over time. Classic features include symmetric joint pains, stiffness, and redness of proximal knuckle joints as well as other symmetric joint pains. ...Read more
Low vitamin d levels are associated with increased incidence of fractures and all cause mortality. It is easily treatable by taking over the counter vitamin d supplement. For more information see this site:
http://www. Mayoclinic. Com/health/vitamin-d-deficiency/an02182. ...Read more
Probably for lupus: Your question is a little vague, but I suspect you are referring to a test that is sometimes used to look for lupus. In lupus there are certain antibodies that are known as anti double stranded dna antibodies that target a protein in dna. This test looks for a specific auto-antibodies. ...Read more
Molecular testing: Pcr = polymerase chain reaction. This is a very sensitive type of molecular lab testing in which tiny pieces of genetic material are amplified over and over again under controlled conditions to assess for the presence or absence of specific genetic material and/or to characterized that material. Pcr can be used for genetic testing, diagnosis of infections, cancer testing, and other things. ...Read more
Your doctor?: Hi. My specialty deals with the thyroid as specialists, and I've NEVER asked a patient to interpret his/her own thyroid labs! It's not YOUR job to interpret them, it's your doctor's job! I suggest you ask your doctor to explain them (in lay terminology that you can understand); if you're not satisfied, find a new doctor who explains things better. Good luck! ...Read more
Don't count on it: Drug testing labs generally keep up with the manufacturers of fake urine. If we do find the urine is phony, we'll report you. Please forgive my frankness. This isn't the place to debate the wisdom of testing, especially for cannabis, but I can't promise that this will let you evade detection. ...Read more
Odor: Meth labs give off a terrible odor during product manufacture. Too easy to spot in urban areas. ...Read more
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Chloride...used in Laboratories (=PURE and a certain concentration)
Hope this helps
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The success at drawing blood depends on the ease of accessing a vein and the experience of the phlebotomist. Three sticks, while uncommon, is not rare. Before you go for a blood draw, make sure you drink enough water so that your blood volume is not low, as that it makes it more difficult to draw blood.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more
Explosive, toxic: Meth labs can leave explosive, toxic fumes. Any house that contained a meth lab must be thoroughly inspected and carefully decontaminated before it is safe for habitation again. ...Read more
Yes,: There are 3 forms of Hepatitis virus, A, B, C. For instance, if the surface antigen is positive (HBSag) it means you have active hepatitis, but if the hepatitis antibody is positive it means that you were exposed either recently or remotely to a hepatitis virus. If they are both negative it means you do not have the infection and you never exposed to it either. ...Read more