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What Could Cause A Positive Romberg Test
Can you pass the romberg test if you sway just a little? How long are you suppose to keep your eyes closed? What is considered failing
Screening test: Not an ultimate test, but rather a screen for integrity of propriaceptive function, including spinal cord, and peripheral nerve abnormalities, mainly, and useful for brainstem, and cerebellar problems. One keeps eyes closed for merely a few seconds, and subtle swaying may or may not be scored abnormal, depending on judgement of physician at time. Romberg is part of exam, not be all ; end all. ...Read more
Not Romberg: Romberg sign is present if one is unsteady with eyes closed and feet together vs eyes open. It indicates either posterior column dysfunction in the spinal cord or large fiber neuropathy in the legs. The most common cause nowadays is B12 deficiency (It used to be neurosyphilis) ...Read more
I've been to Ent for 6 yrs daily lightheaded off feeling sometimes swaying he's says not inner ear could they be missing something Romberg test good?
Neurologist: The inner ear is only one source of balance disorders. The brain and the neck are other sources. Furthermore, lightheadedness is not a symptom of inner ear vestibular dysfunction. I would recommend a neurologist and make sure this is not low blood pressure or a side effect of any medications you are taking. ...Read more
If I pass Romberg test does that mean no inner ear issues n pass neuro does that mean no neuro issues thank you?
Would your dr know if you was dizzy and had inner or neuro issue by looking at you n neuro exam Romberg test typmpontry test eye exam?
Dizziness: There are lots of tests used to try to evaluate dizziness, including the three that you mention, which are useful in the office. Many doctors will add blood tests, blood pressure standing/sitting/lying down, and occasionally may need an MRI for further evaluation. A lot of information is gained by taking a thorough history as well. ...Read more
Common finding: Up to a third of normal women will be gbs positive at a given point with this germ on their genitals. It is common germ that is often found in the GI tract ; poo and occasionally causes uti's in women. Its main danger comes to the newborn where it can cause blood-poisoning (sepsis), and or meningitis. After close monitoring was adopted, the frequency of problems has declined. ...Read more
What could cause a positive iFOBT (stool blood) test in a young 23 yr old male? And is it serious? Doc referred me to GI
True or false +'s...: True or false +'s are possible. Whether blood is ingested, or originates in your gut, an occult blood test may be positive. Consider stopping any aspirin or NSAID use now (unless prescribed), and keep your GI appointment please. ...Read more
That depends on: which drug on the panel you are referring to. If you re-ask and advise of the specific drug — then this can be researched. ...Read more
Lyme disease and...:
False positives for this test are extremely common. See http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm6005a1.htm
There are many possible causes- see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2095002/table/T4/ for a list.
I would be particularly concerned about Lyme disease causing a false positive and advise a Western Blot from IgeneX lab. See http://betterhealthguy.com/lyme/testing ...Read more
Any number of things: That's an easy internet search, from pseudophed to some prescription meds. ...Read more
The test: The ovulation predictor test is a test for LH (lutenizing hormone). The LH surge triggers ovulation. Its sensitivity is set for a level consistent with the rise in LH which is not the same for everyone so it becomes positive when the LH reaches a certain level. This is not necessarily the peak of the surge and it stays positive as long as the LH is above that level. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Don't understand ?: "Not positive" and "not negative" can mean what is called an "indeterminate" test, which can mean that the test was just at the cut-off that the test uses for a positive — the cut-off for thc is (say) 50 ng/ml and the test comes out 48 ng/ml, that particular test may give a signal that it is indeterminate. It may also indicate interfering substances, water loading or other things. ...Read more
I recently had a family member test positive for a methanphetomine, but he hasn't touched one in years. What medicine caused this?
Possible false posit: Approximately 5-10% of drug tests have a false positive result. Some cold medications, the antidepressant wellbutrin, (bupropion) and tricyclic antidepressants can trigger false-positive results on tests for amphetamines. If there is concern for false positive the test should be repeated under strict control. Also, keep in mind that addiction is a lifetime problem and relapse is common. ...Read more
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