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Yes.: If appropriate for this kind of visit, HealthTap doctors can order certain basic lab tests. Most specialized rare tests cannot be ordered, though. Please set up a virtual consult to discuss - and know that getting to the lab, and payment for the tests, are your responsibility and lab tests aren't covered by your visit cost. Good luck! ...Read more
Slight differences: When labs use different methods for testing, the results are slightly different. Each lab provides its normal ranges and that should be used as a guide. Quest is accredited by the american college of pathologists and that requires maintaining good testing practices. ...Read more
Electrophoresis: Blood counts can suggest thalassemia (small red blood cells). Some thalassemia can be confirmed with electrophoresis, which quantifies the different types of hemoglobin present in rbcs. Similar studies can be done on the parents for additional info. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
naat test not done in kolkata(india).Suggest me some test name available for c.Trach & n.Gonorrhea detection from urine sample.
Several available: You can go through a two stage screening process.Celiac disease is an exaggerated form of gluten intolerance and may be suspected based on blood tests: elevated ttg-iga, if IgA deficient - ttg-igg.If the blood tests are suggestive an intestinal biopsy to study the cell changes is confirmatory. ...Read more
Varies: I am not sure there is a standard 12 panel test. Most I have seen look for the following: •amp-amphetamines •coc-cocaine •bzo-benzodiazepines •opi-opiates •thc-marijuana •pcp-phencyclidine •bar-barbiturates •mamp-methamphetamine •mdma-ecstasy •mtd-methadone •oxy-oxycodone •ppx-propoxphene. ...Read more
PRIME and x-rays...: HealthTap PRIME began this summer (2014), and is a Primary Care service. A patient is connected with the first available doctor, and different doctors are online at various times. Patients don't select a doctor on PRIME. A consultation ends each time, and the doctor does not follow-up after the consultation. Thus, no lab nor imaging tests are ordered (otherwise, a follow-up visit would be needed). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Liver enzymes: woukd be abnirmally highGet a more detailed answer ›
My doctor ordered a urine cytology test due to hematuria. He ordered it done on 24 hr urine sample. Lab says not 24hr test. Who's right?
Diabetes testing: The current testing guidelines for type 2 diabetes are hemogloblobin A1c (over 6.5%), fasting blood glucose (>126) and 2 hr blood glucose (>200). Symptoms that suggest you need to be tested include symptoms of hyperglycemia (such as frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision) or hyperglycemic crisis with random plasma glucose ? 200 mg/dl. If this is you, see your doc right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Difficult matter: This test is only useful when it is Abnormal. But it does not help at all when it is normal panel(which means there is no abnormaility found but it does not exclude any diagnosis because there is nothing predictable about a paraneoplastic panel). So you can not say it is false negative . it is designed to be useful only if it shows an abnormality that supports a clinical diagnosis of cancer . ...Read more
Wet prep: A smear done in the doctor's office where they take a smear from the vagina and look at it under a microscope. The physician can see the trichomonas moving on the slide. Sometimes the trich are nonmotile (not moving) and it can make diagnosis a little more difficult. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Enyzyme Assay: Fabry disease test, called an enzyme assay, measures the amount of alpha-GAL enzyme activity in the blood. This is an x-linked disease so family history should be consulted. It is mild in females and much more severe in males. Enyzme replacement treatment is available and there clinical trial for treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I had lab test done and looking at my online chart.... My mean platellet volume is 7.3. What does this mean?
Normal: Your mean platelet volume is normal.Get a more detailed answer ›
I had my cortisol levels measured through a lab online (saliva test).
My 4 values throughout the day were (ng/ml)
i've been very fatigued. Are these normal levels?
For anyone who knows about medi-cal? Does medi-cal cover CT scans if referred from gp? Online it says "covers lab tests and x-rays) .
Depends: Whether medi-cal pays depends on whether the doctor can demonstrate a need. The ct scan is a sophisticated type of x-ray. Medicine is becoming a more menue-based system with doctors as cooks and waiters. Those who pay for the services get to decide if expensive imaging studies are to be be consumed. ...Read more
It can be tricky!: Testing for cushing syndrome (overproduction of cortisol) can be tricky because cortisol production occurs on a circadian rhythm (high in the morning, low at night). The correct test needs to be done, and collected properly. Sometimes, the tests to confirm cushing syndrome need to be done several times over a few months, to be sure it's not being missed. ...Read more
High CPK: This test tells you of muscle tissue breakdown. ...Read more
Huh?: If this is a school assignment, please have a talk with your teacher's supervisor. If you are healthy and your physician has reviewed your routine labs (complete blood count, chemical profile including LDL and HDL cholesterol, and urinalysis) and isn't concerned, there is no reason whatsoever for you to know any of the exact values. ...Read more
Drug Testing: You have been given answers to your question by several doctors here on health tap. The answer is yes, if they are testing for it. Please consider moving on or asking a new question. ...Read more
Lab testing: We need to know what test you are referring to. Please ask your doctor for an interpretation. Additionally you can ask here but include the test name. Peace and good health. ...Read more
See MD : Blood and other tests available to help with diagnosis ...Read more
What are the test to diangosis acute or choronic pancreatitis, in addition to performing the labs?
Pancreatitis: Lab tests usually include a comprehensive metabolic panel, amylase, lipase. Usually an imaging, study such as a CT scan of the abdomen, help to assess the severity of pancreatitis. Acute is usually caused by alcohol, certain meds, and gallstones. Chronic is often alcohol related. ...Read more
My DHEA-S is 11.5 (anything below 9.8 is normal). All other labs within range. Cause of concern? Tests needed? Thanks!
Depends: B"sd DHEAS is the stable (sulfated) form of DHEA the major precusor steroid hormone in the androgen/estrogen pathway. It is a marker of overall adrenal function especially considered a marker of adrenal androgens. Concern would arise from any associated menstrual, androgenic (eg hirsuitism, acne) or metabolic disturbances. If none would still monitor on occasion for further elevation. ...Read more
What do you suggest if my test results and chart are missing, now the lab which would've done my testing has no record of me at all!?
Ordering provider: You need to call the provider that ordered the tests. They should be able to give you your results. Perhaps your tests were sent to a different laboratory. Also, remember that labs will not provide results over the phone since they have no way of checking to ensure that the person calling was the person tested. It is done to protect patient confidentiality. ...Read more
Im a 60 male 7 ordered my own labs. I got back a urin mircroalbumin of 21.8 & is this ok. Also, should I have asked for different test?
Microalbumin: Generally, under 30 is "normal" but results may vary due to age, gender, & testing method. What other tests did you order? Are you diabetic? Do you have a history of kidney disease? Discuss your test results with your fp & explain your concerns so (s)he can guide you to the best tests. ...Read more