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Do all patient need a maternal serum AFP level test?

Do all patient need a maternal serum AFP level test?

MSAFP: Most women elect to have an msafp since it screens for neural tube defects, which can be very severe birth defects. The test is only done in the second trimester of pregnancy. Some women elect not to have the test. ...Read more

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Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more


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AS per lab results my torch panel test is positive with rubella IgG 15.40 Iu/ml and Cmv IgG positive 132 U/ml.As values are higher than normal range ?

AS per lab results my torch panel test is positive with rubella IgG 15.40 Iu/ml and Cmv IgG positive 132 U/ml.As values are higher than normal range ?

Not to worry........: All those numbers mean is that you are immune to rubella--either from the vaccine or natural disease, and that you have been exposed to CMV in the past and your immune system has responded appropriately to the virus. ...Read more

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Lupus panel negative. Sed rate 30 should b under 20. Ana positive w/ spec pattern. Serum protein electrophoresis test normal. Cbc ok. Metabolic ok.?

Lupus panel negative. Sed rate 30 should b under 20. Ana positive w/ spec pattern. Serum protein electrophoresis test normal. Cbc  ok. Metabolic ok.?

Any joint pain?: Positive ANA and elevated sed rate. If you have joint pains it would be advisable to follow up with a rheumatologist. You have some kind of inflammatory process going on. Both test are very nonspecific and further work-up is needed. ...Read more

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What antibody screen for early pregnancy?

What antibody screen for early pregnancy?

EARLY PREGNANCY: We check for blood type and rh incompatibility. Please ask your OB for further testing. ...Read more

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Does quantitative beta hCG use serum to detect hCG in blood?

Does quantitative beta hCG use serum to detect hCG in blood?

Yes: Serum is the part of blood. It is the liquid part left when blood clots and is centrifuged . Many 'blood' tests, including beta HCG are done on serum. ...Read more

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Cardiolipin antibodies IgM and urine protein 72mg/l ? Ana negative.

Cardiolipin antibodies IgM and urine protein 72mg/l ? Ana negative.

See details: The urine protein is within normal limits. How strongly positive is the igm cardiolipin. Only high levels of positivity have any clinical significance. Why were the tests ordered in the first place? ...Read more

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Serum free light chain test shows normal kappa (8.7mg/dl), low lambda (3.80), high kap/lam ratio (2.31). Serum $ urine electrophoresis show no monoclonal protein, nor does serum immunofixation. Likely MGUS, myeloma, or admyloidosis? CBC/met panel ok.

Serum free light chain test shows normal kappa (8.7mg/dl), low lambda (3.80), high kap/lam ratio (2.31). Serum $ urine electrophoresis show no monoclonal protein, nor does serum immunofixation. Likely MGUS, myeloma, or admyloidosis? CBC/met panel ok.

False positive rate: There is 30% or so false positive rate of kappa/lambda ratio in people without MGUS, myeloma or other disorders. 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. 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. ...Read more

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Is a IgG quantitative test same as the serum protein electrophoresis test?

Blood tests: They are two different separate blood tests, spep serum protein electrophoresis test is a screening test for plasma cell disorders like mgus, smoldering or full blown myeloma and quantitative igg is a blood test to quantify the amount of igg in blood. Usually more than 3 grams is significant in blood. ...Read more

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What does high papp-a value indicates? I had my maternal serum screen test done. Got papp-a value 7.7miu/ml nd corr.Mom 6.75.Free beta hCG mom is 0.76

What does high papp-a value indicates? I had my maternal serum screen test done. Got papp-a value 7.7miu/ml nd corr.Mom 6.75.Free beta hCG mom is 0.76

Check results : Since you know and have access to all of the exact numbers included in the calculation you should also have access to the actual results. You should see the word "normal" or "abnormal" written on the results. This represents the mathematical calculation of the test from each of those numbers you mentioned. ...Read more

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Will lotensin (benazepril) show up in a 10 panel drug screen?

Will lotensin (benazepril) show up in a 10 panel drug screen?

Probably not: Most drug screens are to detect drugs of abuse. Lotensin (benazepril) is to help with blood pressure. It is probably not being tested for. ...Read more

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Blood test shows élévated bilirubin , urine test négative for bilirubin. Any explanation??

Blood test shows élévated bilirubin , urine test négative for bilirubin. Any explanation??

Unconjugated: Bilirubin exists in the blood in both the conjugated and Unconjugated forms. Only the conjugated can enter the urine. If you feel well, and this is new, you very likely have Gilbert's non-disease. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Inorgan.Phosphate0.77, serum total protein63, serum globulin14, all slightly low. Norm. Calcium &albumin.Tsh9.25, known hypothyroidism. Further tests?

Inorgan.Phosphate0.77, serum total protein63, serum globulin14, all slightly low. Norm. Calcium &albumin.Tsh9.25, known hypothyroidism. Further tests?

TSH is WAY high!: Must get on a higher dose of synthroid (thyroxine). This can be life threatening, get treated asap, ! other thyroid tests need to be done to know what needs to be done, and to come to a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have negative urobilinogen, UA, ql <2.0 (neg) bilirubin, UA <0.5 (neg to follow critical level for glucose+ketones?

Vague question: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. ...Read more

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Does tramadol show up on a lab urine drug screen 12 panel?

Does tramadol show up on a lab urine drug screen 12 panel?

Tramadol in urine ??: NO. the usual 12 drug panel is This 12 Panel Urine Drug Test (10 Panel Plus MDMA and Extended Opiates) checks for the presence of 12 drug metabolites including: Amphetamines Methamphetamines Barbiturates Benzodiazepines Marijuana Cocaine Opiates Phencyclidine Methadone Propoxyphene MDMA (Ecstasy) Extended Opiates Tramadol can be detected if its being looked for but in a "full drug panel" ...Read more

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