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Tests For Leukocytosis
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
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
History and Exam: Symptoms guide the diagnosis of prostatitis. When the prostate swells it triggers irritation to the bladder. Urgency/frequency of urination and a variable stream are the norm. Pain typically involves the tip of the penis, groins, testicles, low back and perineum. Urine tests may be done, but not always. Treatment with antibiotics, nsaids, prostate relaxation and bladder calming meds can fix it. ...Read more
Clinical eval +++: The most important 'test' is--as usual--the diagnostic tool between the physician's ears. Any well versed specialist in the field of arthritis (rheumatology) knows that hearing exactly what the details are given by the pt (history) and a careful, thorough exam of all parts of the body, will yield a dx, or at least what tests to order. Some: esr, crp, antibodies to own cells, cbc, etc. ...Read more
Yes, but...: The HIV RNA tests are checking for the presence of certain parts of HIV. When positive, it can give us an idea of how much HIV is present. Most of the time, when positive, it highly suggests HIV infection. However, in rare instances, there can be false positive tests, which mean that a positive test may represent something else, not HIV. Thus, the best test for HIV is a standard HIV antibody test. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many : You should see your obgyn, your husband( hopefully you are married at your age if you are trying to get preg) should ahve a semen ananlysis and your obgyn needs to do an exam on you with cultures and an ultrasound and determine if you are ovulating or not, and other tests can be done after that like tubal hsg, etc. ...Read more
Blood work etc: You would need at least- blood work. Imaging scan for abdomen would be needed in certain chronic leukemia ( cml) to evaluate spleen or if there is other indication ( such as presence of abdominal pain etc); a bone marrow biopsy will be needed in certain case of chronic leukemia. Please discuss further in detail with your hematologist/ oncologist. Read more at www.Cancer.Net ; www.Lls.Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cerebrovascular: Mra's, carotid dopplers, and carotid computed tomographic angiograms provide the structural backdrop for assessing the cerbrovasculature. ...Read more
How reliable are blood tests that look for monoclonal gammopathy in elevated ImM levels ? Are false negatives possible?
Positive test for giardia antigens? Can this cause eosinophilia and generalised lymphadenopathy (eosinophilia for +8 months)?
Possibly: The most common cause of eosinophilia in the world is parasitic disease. Exposure can happen when traveling to high-risk countries. Stool samples can be taken for diagnosis. Other causes of eosinophilia include asthma, alergy, drug hypersensitivity, DRESS, connective tissue disorders, and various cancers. See an physician so they can investigate possible causes and perform appropriate workup/labs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ELISA/West blot.: The 2 main tests are elisa and western blot. Elisa or serology is used for screening to see if there is an antibody response to the b. Burgdorferi spirochete responsible for the disease, while the western blot is a specific test that makes sure the positive response is to this and not a false positive, or a reaction to something else. Pcr, or polymerase chain reaction is another possible test. ...Read more
Low platelets 90-130k, saw hematologist, blood tested for cancer/disorders. Liver/kidney/immune tests ok. Can platelets just be low for no reason?
Yes/No: One condition that comes to mind is ITP (Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura). A good hematologist can check you for this condition which sooner or later requires treatment as platelets keep going down slowly. You should have your Platelet count checked every few months and enlist(tabulate counts so that you can see if there is a trend downwards. If the count is <100,000 then you likely have ITP. ...Read more