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What Do They Look For In Urine Tests
Urine is the product of the kidneys, which is produced to eliminate the waste products of metabolism, manage body fluid balance, &maintain acid-base balance. The blood is first filtered by the kidneys, and the composition of the resulting fluid is then altered depending on the body's needs. It is composed of mostly water, and breakdown products from blood cells impart ...Read more
When you have blood drawn and tested do they check for everything? Or do they only look for specific things?Was at ER for kidney stones , just curious
Not everything: There is no way they could check for 'everything.' if only we had such a blood test! they look for specific things, depending on what you're there for. ...Read more
Many bacteria...: When urine is sent to a microbiology lab, the staff inoculate plates of growth media and evaluates all of bacteria that appear. The lab will identify the types and numbers of all of the bacteria that are present. The lab can help determine if one or more of the bacteria is a real pathogen (as opposed to a contaminant or "normal flora"). Antibiotic sensitivity testing is also performed. ...Read more
What are the situations doctors test for herpes at pregnancy? Do they just test or do they need to see a breakout?
Limited usefulness: Labs like c-reactive protein are markers for what some physician describe as "generalized inflammation" which includes both patients seriously sick with classic inflammatory disease and people who are fat / out of shape / or are perhaps independent risk factors for atherosclerosis. They're not useful screens for cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Various: Psychologists, pediatricians, family docs, psychiatrists and others may be trained to test for adhd, but not all offer this testing. Testing usually involves interviews & checklists with child, parent(s) and teacher(s). Best to start by asking your pediatrician or family doc; if they don't do the testing themselves, they can refer you to the right qualified expert in your local area. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
100s: There are literally hundreds of allergens that can be used in skin/scratch testing, and each presents a specific allergy-inducing substance to the patient's body to see if it is sensitized to react to it or not. Specific tree or plant pollens, grasses, foods, pets, dusts, mites, etc. Exact spectrum is ordered by allergist after thorough history of your symptoms and triggers. ...Read more
Maybe nothing.: Depends on the practice. In your age group there is very little utility to drawing blood as a routine. In fact there is little utility to having an annual exam. That may change when you get older or have chronic disease that requires monitoring. See the link. http://www.uspreventiveservicestaskforce.org/adultrec.htm. ...Read more
Standard & new ones: The military typically tests for illicit substances looked for in a standard urine drug screen (cannabis/thc, cocaine, pcp, methamphetamine, barbiturates, and benzodiazepines). Additionally, synthetic cannabis is being tested. Other special tests can be ordered if requested by the command or hospital as well. ...Read more
Mutation=cancer risk: People with mutations in the brca1 or brca2 gene are at higher risk of developing certain cancers. With a mutation, the lifetime risk of breast cancer is 41 to 90%, and ovarian cancer is 8 to 62%. Pancreatic and prostate cancer are more common as well. If you are a woman and test positive, you will have to consider having your ovaries and breasts removed. Genetic counseling is key! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Blood in urine: Urine with blood (hematuria) can be yellow, pink, or red. The key thing is that someone with any evidence of blood (as few as 3 cells per high per microscope field-which cannot be seen with the naked eye but is detected by urine testing) be examined and managed by a physician since most serious illnesses and disease (cancer) must be ruled out if there is any trace of blood in the urine. ...Read more
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