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Lipase Is Normal Does That Mean My Pancreas Is Healthy
Lipases, such as lipoprotein lipase and endothelial lipase, are enzymes that breakdown circulating triglycerides (tg). Specifically, lipases degrade tg rich lipoproteins including chylomicrons, very low density lipoprotein (vldl) and remnant particles produced by breakdown of chylomicron and vldl particles. Decreased lipase function leads to accumulation of ...Read more
What do you suggest if my lipase level is 29 u/l the standard range of that blood test is <=58 does this mean my lipase is low or normal?
How high? Free T4: Total T4 depends on thyroid binding globulins and may be elevated in pregnancy, contraceptive pill intake etc. If TSH is normal and you do not have any symptoms, you can leave it alone. At your next visit with your doctor you may discuss getting free T4 and T3 (liothyronine) done for confirmation of normal status. ...Read more
What does it mean to have elevated conjugated bilirubin but normal total bilirubin? And if it is together with high amylase and borderline lipase?
My total protein level is normal, albumin is also normal but globulin is 3.7.. Pls tell is this something to worry about?
Depends on why...: Lab values are just numbers. Their meaning depends on why the tests were done and what is happening to the person. If there is nothing wrong with the person, then values inside the normal range, or just a little outside the normal range, are usually not worrisome. The 3.7 is close to the normal range, but it is just a number without knowing the patient's story. ...Read more
You are unique: If your blood tests (bun/creatine) are normal, then it is doing its job adequately, and nothing to worry about. If you mean that one is substantially smaller (like 1/5-1/10th) than other side, it is more likely from a developmental issue before you were born, and the same applies for blood tests, since we can lose/donate one kidney and function normally off the other. ...Read more
My micoalbumin is 555 but my Bun/Creatinine ratio is normal and my Serum Albumin is normal. I am diabetic. What does 555 mean? Is it kidney failure?
Diabetic nephropathy: B"sd kidney failure is marked by elevation of creatinine. Microalbumin is a sensitive test for early kidney changes seen in diabetes and hypertension. Unless very high, standard albumin will be normal. Fatty liver is of concern but not directly related. To prevent progression of kidney disease 1. control of diabetes 2. blood pressure control 3. ACE or ARB agent. Glad to discuss ...Read more
I have borderline liver enlargement but bile ducts not dilated and liver texture is normal. what does it mean?
Usually nothing : I have lots of people in my office with that. They usually come to me with suspected gallbladder disease, and when I operate, the liver looks normal. If your liver lab tests are normal and you're not taking too much Tylenol (acetaminophen) or drinking too much alcohol, I wouldn't worry about it. ...Read more
Fasting?: It may just mean that it's full of bile. If you refrain from eating for the Ultrasound your gallbladder will fill with bile and become physiologically distended. That's normal. When you eat the GB contracts and pushes bile out into your intestines and therefore would physiologically empty. . ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Keep an eye on it: Your physician may want to repeat this sometime. Damage to the specimen in collection or transit can raise SGOT in preference to SGPT and so can a number of serious or minor health problems. The key is the history and physical exam -- as we say in the lab, "look at the patient, not the numbers.". ...Read more
What does it mean when the MCV is normal and RDW is low and what does it mean when the grf is 87?
Nothing.: Mcv is red cell size. Rdw is the variation in red cell size. A low RDW has no meaning. Gfr is a way of measuring kidney function, and a GFR over 60 is of no concern. ...Read more
My B12 is always at the lower normal limits. Methylmalonic acid blood is within normal limits. I am NOT anemic not a diabetic. why is that?
Moe: find foods rich in B12 for a young guy you are quite involved with your health you may not absorb B12 well take a suppliment ...Read more
My iron saturation is 8, the lab ref range is 15-55, what does this mean? My hemoglobin has been normal so far.
This is serious: Iron deficiency is already established and symptomatic before the hemoglobin drops. Many people do not realize this. In fact, this may have something to do with your generally feeling unwell. If additional labs confirm iron deficiency, tou need to find why you are iron-deficient (diet, monthly loss, loss from disease) and manage the cause and replace the iron. Stay proactive in this. ...Read more
In my liver function test A.L.T (S.G.P.T) is 140 IU/L And A.S.T (SGOT) is 66 Normal range is 40. What does it mean am 19 and patient of pancreatiti?
Hepatitis: By definition is inflammation of the liver. Elevated AST and ALT are markers of inflammation and can be caused by many different things like: medications, alcohol, infections (hepatitis A, B, C), underlying liver disease, gall bladder disease, and can be associated with autoimmune diseases and even pancreatitis. Understanding the cause of you pancreatitis will likely explain your hepatitis. ...Read more
AST is 284 and ALT is 178 but ultrasound of liver and gallbladder came back normal. since ultrasound is normal does that mean the #s aren't concerning?
Not necessarily: You have mildly elevated liver enzymes with no apparent structural changes. The workup should continue with thorough review of your diet, etoh, supplements, comorbidities and OTC/ prescribed meds. Also a hepatitis panel should help in finding the reason for your mildly elevated liver enzymes. Ultimately repeating your liver function test in couple of weeks should help in understanding the dynamics ...Read more
What does preserved left ventricular function mean on an echo? Is this something that is normally recorded if everything is normal?
Which enzyme?: If it is alt or ast, then it is an indication of liver injury. If you drink, stop taking alcohol entirely in any form and redo the test in three months. Liver makes many other enzymes also. See this site for more info. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/elevated-liver-enzymes/my00508. ...Read more
Abdominal organ. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate ...Read more
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