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How well does "serum viscosity" blood test correlate to "whole blood viscosity" ? Under what circumstances could 1st be norma and 2nd be high ?
I think I understand: You are asking what keeps the viscosity of blood within a narrow range. It's physical chemistry -- the blood must contain either some very abnormal red cells, a great oversupply of red cells, or abundant gigantic protein molecules (notably excess igm) before the viscosity of the blood will alter. For serum, the viscosity reflects abnormal proteins. ...Read more
Yes, it may : Depending on how high is your serum viscosity level and off course- what the cause of the elevation of serum viscosity- some serious problem can happen. When the serum viscosity is above certain level -above 4- you could have symptoms like headaches, chest pain, shortness of breath, stroke-like symptoms etc. The higher the level the higher your risk is. Discuss in detail with your doctor. ...Read more
Hyperbilirubinemia: Yes, it is elevated..and several things can attribute to this. Alcoholic hepatitis, gallstones, cirrhosis, transfusion reactions and pancreatic cancers to name several causes. Gilbert's syndrome is a common, mild liver condition in which the liver doesn't properly process a substance called bilirubin. Bilirubin is produced by the breakdown of red blood cells. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Clot vs no clot: Serum is the liquid portion of the blood that is obtained after allowing the blood to clot. Plasma is the liquid portion of the blood that is obtained by centrifugation of blood that is not allowed to clot. The difference between the two is that plasma has coagulation factors and other proteins that are not present in serum. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I am not aware: Of any clinical use of dialyzed serum. Such products are available from animal sources and are utilized in culture systems for study of blood stem cells and progenitors. I would be suspect of a claim for human therapeutic use. ...Read more
I take lithium 1250mg per day, and have a serum level of 0.8. How much should I increase my dose by to get to a serum level of 0.9 - 1?
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