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I heard I can talk to a doctor with HealthTap Prime. How do I sign up?

I heard I can talk to a doctor with HealthTap Prime. How do I sign up?

'Live' consultations: HealthTap PRIME doctors see you via smartphone, tablet, or laptop. When asking your question on HealthTap, just click on the icon for a Live Consultation to link to PRIME. The PRIME doctor can see photos you upload into your FILES. You can also send images in the middle of a live consultation. PRIME can be reached from anywhere in the world, and patients just have a relatively low fee. ...Read more

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Can I get a second opinion for my health problem in HealthTap Prime?

Can I get a second opinion for my health problem in HealthTap Prime?

Sure.: You can consult with any of our doctors, go over symptoms, upload test results - whatever. ...Read more

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What kind of doctors are available on HealthTap Prime?

What kind of doctors are available on HealthTap Prime?

Big Hit Parade: You'll find all kinds of general practitioners and specialists on HealthTap Prime. For example, using standard medical slang terms, you've got your baby catchers (obstetricians), your shrinks (psychiatrists/psychologists), your bone crackers (orthopedic surgeons), your gassers (anesthesiologists), etc. ...Read more

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Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Can I get a referral to a specialist from HealthTap Prime?

Sure: A patient on PRIME can get a referral to a particular doctor or a particular specialty, which means the PRIME doctor recommends that the patient go get evaluated by a certain doctor or specialty. Because PRIME is outside the commercial insurance system, there are no phone calls, faxes, or paperwork when the PRIME doctor refers a patient (insurers might treat a PRIME referral as a "self-referral"). ...Read more

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Why would I be referred to a hematologist?

Why would I be referred to a hematologist?

Abnormal blood count: Abnormal test results, usuallt abnormal blood count may prompt a referral to a hemtologist. This may be a low or high red blood cell, white blood cell or platelet count. ...Read more

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What kind of blood disorders do hematologists commonly treat?

What kind of blood disorders do hematologists commonly treat?

Blood: Cancers such as lymphoma leukemia and myeloma. Problems with increases or decreases in the cellular blood elements. Problems with bleeding or clotting to nsme a few ...Read more

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How is anemia treated by a hematologist?

How is anemia treated by a hematologist?

Many causes: There are many causes of anemia. They are categorized by mechanism: blood loss, faulty or decreased red blood cell production, or destruction of red blood cells. Iron deficiency caused by blood loss is the most common. Many doctors treat common anemias by eliminating the cause (source of bleeding), prescribing supplements (iron/B12), but a hematologist is needed for more complex diagnosis/treatment ...Read more

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How do hematologists treat a low platelet count?

How do hematologists treat a low platelet count?

Depends on cause.: Isolated low platelets with no signs of bleeding or other blood abnormality is usually immune system mediated. This can be from a medication, a complication of an infection, or autoimmune (ITP). For these, remove offending drug, treat infection. With ITP only treat for ...Read more

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Why do I need to see a hematologist with a low white blood cell count?

Why do I need to see a hematologist with a low white blood cell count?

Different causes: Many diffferent conditions can give you low white blood cells- from the most benign one such as race difference, congenital to the most serious one such as leukemia/ or other bone marrow problems. Hematologist is a type of doctor who evaluates and manages various blood disorders and able to differentiate one problem to the other and would help your sort out the problem with your low white cells. ...Read more

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If I get a lot of blood clots, should I see a hematologist?

If I get a lot of blood clots, should I see a hematologist?

Probably. ..: The most worrisome blood clots form in the veins of the legs and can travel to the lungs causing a pulmonary embolism. Also blood clots that form internally and can travel to the brain causing a stroke are life-threatening. A number of inherited clotting disorders exist, and a hematologist can clarify the diagnosis. Review with your primary care doctor and ask for a referral. Good luck! ...Read more

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Can a hematologist pls explain diff btwn serum free light chain and total flc? Serum and urine numbers are 3x high for flc, total light chain/ratio ok

Can a hematologist pls explain diff btwn serum free light chain and total flc? Serum and urine numbers are 3x high for flc, total light chain/ratio ok

Free light chains: The light chain ratio is a number that represents the ratio of kappa to lambda light chains. It tells me that one light chain is produced at higher amounts versus the other. ...Read more

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Question about lab results from hematologist. Free kappa light chains serum 19.97 (range is 3.30-19.40mg/l) Normal lambda and ratio.

Question about lab results from hematologist. Free kappa light chains serum 19.97 (range is 3.30-19.40mg/l) Normal lambda and ratio.

What for?: What are you being tested for? 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. Having said that, Serum free light chain assay and kappa/lambda ratio are unreliable tests. Better would be have serum and urine protein electrophoresis. ...Read more

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I just checked my health summary online and the doctor noted hyperglobulinemia and monoclonal gammopathies. I am also referred to a hematologist. What could be its meaning?

I just checked my health summary online and the doctor noted hyperglobulinemia and monoclonal gammopathies. I am also referred to a hematologist. What could be its meaning?

MGUS: Monoclonal gammopathy is the presence of a protein in your blood all produced from the daughter cells of one type of cell (plasma cells, which are one type of white blood cell.). This protein may be of no significance. Your hematogist can do additional testing to see if you are at risk of this becoming a more serious problem. ...Read more

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What can a hematologist help me with

What can a hematologist help me with

Blood diseases: A hematologist is a specialist in blood diseases. He typically treats problems such as anemia, bleeding disorders, leukemia, and lymphoma. ...Read more

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How to work on the system in order to see a hematologist?

Make self referral: Ask your pcp to make a referral or self refer. ...Read more

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What can I expect from an appointment with a hematologist?

What can I expect from an appointment with a hematologist?

Full eval and blood: Full history and physical, review of records and blood tests. ...Read more