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Doctor insights on: Porphyrins Fractionated Plasma

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Do high level of porphyrins always mean you have porphyria?

Do high level of porphyrins always mean you have porphyria?

Not always: Increased protoporphyrin levels may be a sign of: anemia, chronic disease, infection, iron deficiency anemia and lead poisoning to name a few. ...Read more

Plasma (Definition)

It is the fluid portion of both the blood and lymph system in which the ...Read more


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What are porphyrins?

What are porphyrins?

Building blocks: Porphyrins are building block molecules which form part of heme a major component of hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying molecule in blood. Porphyrins are also photoreactive which means when exposed to certain wavelengths of light they can induce cell killing reactions and have been used in superficial bladder cancer by giving them IV and shining a light into the bladder which can kill cancer cells. ...Read more

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Got slightly high porphyrin and Dr wants direct coombs, what is he trying to find? He hasn't explained what may be wrong

Got slightly high porphyrin and Dr wants direct coombs, what is he trying to find? He hasn't explained what may be wrong

Ask him.: Perhaps doctor is investing other possibilities. A normal direct Coombs test is strong evidence against autoimmune hemolytic anemia. Slighty high porphyria may be hard to interpret. Very high porphyria is seen in some kinds of porphyria. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: plasma?

What is the definition or description of: plasma?

Blood suspension: It is the fluid portion of both the blood and lymph system in which the other components are suspended. ...Read more

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What is plasma peak of caffeine?

What is plasma peak of caffeine?

Time to peak: That is the time it takes from ingestion to when the peak concentration is reached in the plasma. ...Read more

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What are plasma derived clotting products?

What are plasma derived clotting products?

Blood derived: The liquid part of blood, called plasma, contains a number of proteins/factors essential for blood clotting. Some of the factors can be isolated for administration to patients deficient in a given factor, e.g., factor viii for hemophilia. ...Read more

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First time donating plasma, what can I expect?

First time donating plasma, what can I expect?

All vs component: Whole blood donation collects red cells, plasma, platelets--which can be separated and used. Plasma collection (/apheresis) uses a machine to separate reds / platelets from carrier fluid--golden ylw fluid (/plasma). The cells are returned to you in saline (salt water) and the plasma is collected. Plasma can be donated every 28 days. ...Read more

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What could happen when plasma catacholamine levels are abnormal?

What could happen when plasma catacholamine levels are abnormal?

Adrenaline rush: Everyone gets an adrenaline rush occasionally: stress, fear, near miss on the road with palpitations, sweating, maybe headache. Chronic stress can cause chronically elevated catechols, which makes you nervous, uncomfortable, blood pressure, and stresses your heart. There are tumors caused pheochromocytomas that do this, but they are very rare. Talk to your doctor about what may be causing this. ...Read more