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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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Screening (Definition)

Examples are: colonoscopy for colon polyp or cancer; mammograms for breast lesions or cancer; psa a blood test that could indicate enlargement of cancerous prostate tissue; blood sugar or hemoglobin a!c for diabetes. Many think that scanning the whole body will pick up a cancer--in all likelihood, it will not. There also is no good blood test, yet, ...Read more


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Is a noninvasive prenatal paternity bloodtest, done with blood from alleged fathers, cfdna and 317.000 genetic markers a reliable test?

Is a noninvasive prenatal paternity bloodtest, done with blood from alleged fathers, cfdna and 317.000 genetic markers a reliable test?

Yes: Make sure the identity of the alleged fathers and pregnant mother are confirmed. Make sure no tampering with the blood. Science can reveal the dna. ...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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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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What are amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and blood/saliva test screening used for? Abortions?

What are amniocentesis, chorionic villus sampling and blood/saliva test screening used for? Abortions?

Prenatal diagnosis: Cvs and amniocentesis are used to discover chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus. They are also used to diagnose genetic diseases, such as cystic fibrosis, that some people are at risk for. Blood and saliva screening tests are used to find out if parents are at risk for a baby with certain genetic diseases. ...Read more

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

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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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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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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Which of these 3 hep c antibody screening tests(methodology)is the most accurate: Architect Anti-HCV, Advia Centauer HCV or Roche Eclia?

Which of these 3 hep c antibody screening  tests(methodology)is the most accurate: Architect Anti-HCV,  Advia Centauer HCV or Roche Eclia?

About equal: All three methods are FDA approved and about equally accurate. If you have concern about active Hep C infection, get a Hep C nucleic acid test. 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. ...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.?

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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Is Haptoglobin (mg/dl) test a blood chemistry test or hematological test?

Is Haptoglobin (mg/dl) test a blood chemistry test or hematological test?

Haptpglobin: Is a transport protein for the breakdown of hemoglobin. If is used to assess for RBC destruction. When the haptoglobin Is low there is an association with increased hemolysis ...Read more

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Is testing vitamin C levels part of a "basic metabolic blood test"?

Is testing vitamin C levels part of a "basic metabolic blood test"?

No routine test: I have been a primary care doctor for 18 years and I have never tested for vitamin c levels. ...Read more

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What is first trimester screening and maternal fetal medicine?

What is first trimester screening and maternal fetal medicine?

Ob terms: 1st trimester screening are any tests done during a pregnancy during the first 12-14 weeks of pregnancy. This can include ultrasounds. blood tests and others. Maternal fetal medicine is a subspecialty of obstetrics. It's also often called "perinatology". These are obstetricians who go on to do additional training in the management of high risk pregnancies. ...Read more

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Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

Is the blood marker lpa (lysophosphatidic acid) an effective screening tool for ovarian cancer?

No: Unfortunately, there are no good "screening" tests for ovarian cancer. When an ovarian cyst or mass is present and appears suspicious, your doctor may draw a ca-125 or ova-1 test. These tests can help predict the likelihood that it may or may not be concerning for cancer. ...Read more

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Please interpret- C.trachomatis RNA TMA Result: Detected. Standard range: Not detected. Test performed using the Aptima Combo2 (R) assay gen-probe(r)

You have chlamydia: "Detected" means the test found chlamydia -- i.e. a positive result. Return to the doctor or clinic where the test was done for treatment. (If you tested yourself at a lab, see a doctor or clinic ASAP.) Your current or recent sex partner(s) also need treatment. Good luck! ...Read more

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Is brca genetic testing a simple blood test?

Is brca genetic testing a simple blood test?

Yes: BRCA testing can be performed from either blood or saliva. A significant amount of DNA needs to be present for adequate testing so most companies require more than a finger stick blood draw. Usually a single blood tube containing 3 ccs of blood is adequate ...Read more

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Maternal serum screen2 test.Papp-a value 7.7 miu/ml and mom is 6.75.Then hcg, free beta is 45.90ng/ml mom is 0.76. Nt mom is 0.61.Normal? Boy or girl?

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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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

Serum (Definition)

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