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Dr. Randy Baker
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Lyme Disease (Definition)

A tick-borne illness caused by the bacterium borrelia burgdorferi that results in symptoms of fever, headache, fatigue, and a characteristic skin ...Read more


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Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Will a typical blood panel for autoimmune diseases detect graves disease?

Need specific test: You need to be testing for graves disease - there is no shotgun test for all autoimmune disorders. ...Read more

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Can blood bourne disease like hepatitis and HIV transmit trough mucous membrane and blood clot?

Can blood bourne disease like hepatitis and HIV transmit trough mucous membrane and blood clot?

Yes: Transmission of blood borne diseases can occur through any mucosa if there are breaks present, even those that you may not be able to see with your eyes. Therefore it would be wise to avoid any contact with potentially infected material if you are uncertain about the integrity of your mucosal lining. ...Read more

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Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Should a typical blood test for autoimmune diseases detect thyroid graves disease?

Not necessarily: A tsh-receptor antibody would be the more appropriate blood test to test for graves disease. ...Read more

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Could high blood protein count be a sign of hodgkins disease?

Could high blood protein count be a sign of hodgkins disease?

Not really: High blood protein in majority of cases are caused by the presence of inflammation or other chronic diseases that trigger inflammation in the body. Having said that , sometimes, in certain cancer like myeloma, a high protein level can be seen that is associated with presence of cancerous protein (monoclonal protein). The high blood protein itself- by all means- is not a sign of hidgkin's lymphoma. ...Read more

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Could sickle-hemoglobin c disease be transmitted through blood?

Could sickle-hemoglobin c disease be transmitted through blood?

No: This is a genetic disease. A donor unit with sickle-c will not be accepted, and even if you were transfused with such a unit, it would not affect you. If you perhaps had a hemoglobin electrophoresis after a transfusion, and it showed some sickle and some c hemoglobin, you may have been transfused from two donors each bearing the trait. ...Read more

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What disease dose this lead too?! Elevated white blood cells count Elevated serum lactate Blood couture positive No antibiotics present in system

What disease dose this lead too?! 
Elevated white blood cells count 
Elevated serum lactate 
Blood couture positive 
No antibiotics present in system

+ blood culture: if you have positive blood cultures you most likely need to be treated with intravenous antibiotics, otherwise you can develop serious and life-threatening complications like an infection/abscess in the heart valves or a stroke. make sure you get the proper medical treatment! ...Read more

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Will the regular blood test and western blot test for Lyme disease rule out someone having it?

Will the regular blood test and western blot test for Lyme disease rule out someone having it?

It is a good test..: Enzyme-linked immunassay is a sreening test which if positive will be confirmed with a western-blot (=standard of testing). Although not absolutely 100%, a negative western blot is a good bet that there is no lyme at the time of testing. Early disease/infection may have negative test, thus recommended retesting in about 3 wks. Lyme dna testing is better, but more expensive. Consult doc..Good luck. ...Read more

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Can a person with disseminated Lyme disease transmit it via a blood donation?

Yes: There is every reason to believe that lyme disease can be transmitted via blood transfusion. This does not mean that someone with lyme will always transmit it; in patients with lyme PCR tests are often negative, meaning it is not always present in the blood, but it is at times and in that case is almost certain to be transmitted.Certainly some with lyme don't know it & donate blood & transmit it. ...Read more

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Can chronic kidney disease cause peripheral neuropathy.?. I have normal blood sugars.

Can chronic kidney disease cause peripheral neuropathy.?. I have normal blood sugars.

Potentially yes: Peripheral nerve problems could be due to secondary metabolic imbalances due to the renal issues, but also could be complication of medications you are using, and of course could be due to a co-morbidity associated with an additional disorder. There may well be one unitary disorder causing both kidney and nerve dysfnctn. ...Read more

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Could organ and blood donation cause prion disease?

Could organ and blood donation cause prion disease?

Not for donor: A donor of an organ or blood cannot be infected with a prion disease. An organ recipient can become infected with a prion disease if the donor suffered from that disease. For example, until this was recognized and screening initiatted, it was possible to transmit creutzfeld-jacob disease through cornea transplant. ...Read more

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Could lymes disease become a genetic disease?

Could lymes disease become a genetic disease?

No: It is not genetic and is caused by an infectious organism. ...Read more

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What are blood tests for Lyme disease?

What are blood tests for Lyme disease?

ELISA/West blot.: The 2 main tests are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening to see if there is an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is to this and not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test. ...Read more

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Low white blood count and dizziness, which auto immune disease would it be?

Low white blood count and dizziness, which auto immune disease would it be?

May be none: There is insufficient information to invoke auto-immune disease. It would be prudent to consult the doctor who ordered the test as all lab results need to be interpreted in the clinical context. ...Read more

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Which sort of blood disease does traci vaillancourt have?

Which sort of blood disease does traci vaillancourt have?

Angioedema: According to the online information, she has hereditary angioedema. This is manageable and shouldn't disfigure anybody or leave then on pain meds. Something doesn't fit with the online story. ...Read more

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Blood Abnormalities (Definition)

Blood parameters outside the normal range (determined by laboratory) for a ...Read more