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M Spike Blood Test
Just got a blood test result where my NRBC was. 03 and I am supposed to see a hematologist. I'm worried and would like to know what it could mean.?
Nucleated RBC: Are immature forms of red blood cells. Normally not present in peripheral blood. Their presence often signals increased RBC turnover, either from increased destruction, increased production or both. Many causes but a hematologist can sort them out for you. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
My husband is diagnosed with IgA lammda monoclonal gamopathy. The blood report says m-spike seen in beta region. Is this curable?
No: If it's a monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance, I'm sorry it was even found as usually nothing develops from these. There's a small risk of their turning into plasma cell myeloma. If this already is myeloma, you'll be advised on what to do next, and whether a marrow transplant is an option. ...Read more
Sure can!: Your medical rights are yours! You can request a copy of any medical record. There will be a process to go through, and you might have to pay for the copies. It is always a good idea to keep a copy of your tests and procedure results at home, as well as a list of your medical conditions, allergies, and meds that you take, in case of emergency. ...Read more
Potential causes of an elevated hr? Higher than norm for me @rest and exercise. Doesn't spike, but uncomfortable pounding, lightheaded. Blood test clean.
Blood lipids: In the so called "vap" LDL is measured directly and not calculated from total cholesterol, HDL and triglycerides. However, if your triglycerides are below 400, it does not add value. I would suggest that you stick to a usual fasting blood lipid profile and follow your doctor's advice. ...Read more
A little: Blood test involves inserting a needle into a vein to get blood and there is a little pain from the needle stick. It is usually temporary. In about 1% of cases a bruise may form at the site of the puncture. The risk can be minimized by keeping pressure on the puncture site for a few minutes. ...Read more
This test has essentially replaced bleeding time as a test of ability to stop bleeding after injury. You may consult this site for info on this topic:
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If depends on the test done. There are thousands of different blood tests that look for different entities. See this site for more info.
http://www. Hopkinsmedicine. Org/healthlibrary/test_procedures/cardiovascular/blood_test_135, 49/. ...Read more
Depends on the type: Of test. Usually one needs to have overnight fast. Fasting is not needed for all tests and additional preparation is needed for others. Please discuss the matter with your doctor who is ordering the test. ...Read more
Yes, depends on test:
Some tests are initial screening tests which are designed to "flag" anyone who has a condition. Because of this design (high sensitivity test), there are probably some people without the condition tested who also may "flag" positive (false positive) on that test.
These findings require repeat or confirmatory testing to ensure that the diagnosis is correct (true positive). ...Read more
Context: Creatine kinase. This is a bit higher than most folks but everything depends on what's happening with your life. If you exercise, this is likely to be normal. If you are having sudden chest pain, your physician may consider a heart attack & keep investigating. Or you may be a duchenne's carrier or have any of dozens of other explanations. ...Read more
Certainly a blood test can be used to see if a person has Down syndrome. This is called a karyotype and it is widely available.
A better question, which I think you are asking, is if a blood test can determine if a fetus has Down syndrome. This is not widely available, and it is under development:
http://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/25053891 ...Read more
Granulocytes: Granulocytes are mostly neutrophils, the cells that are most lethal most quickly to bacteria. Ignore the percentages. Look to see if the absolute numbers # are high or low. I can raise my granulocyte # to four times normal by spending twenty minutes in an icy-cold shower (i tried it); labs mean nothing apart from the clinical context. Good luck. ...Read more
No: Test is 100% accurate all the time but the can be retty close to 100% sometime depending on the test. ...Read more
Nothing: If you are well otherwise. Be thankful for good health. Reference ranges are set so that a few percent of folks fall outside on either end. ...Read more
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