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What does it mean when my prothrombin time blood test is high, compared to normal or low?

What does it mean when my prothrombin time blood test is high, compared to normal or low?

Can mean Vit K low.: If prothrombin time blood test is high, without other high levels, it can mean a vitamin k deficiency or warfarin use. Vitamin k helps in the function and viability of factors ii, vii, ix, and x and these affect prothrombin time. If there are other levels altered, it could be a factor v, or x deficiency, disseminated intravascular coagulation (dic), or liver failure. See your doctor to be sure. ...Read more

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What does it mean when platelets are high in the blood?

What does it mean when platelets are high in the blood?

Thanks for asking!: There are 2 major processes associated with thrombocytosis (high platelet count), namely (1) essential or primary; (2) reactive or secondary. Primary causes: essential thrombocytosis and other myeloproliferative disorders. Secondary causes include inflammation, surgery, hyposplenism (decreased platelet breakdown due to reduced function of the spleen), splenectomy, iron deficiency anemia, ...Etc. ...Read more

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What does a 7.5 CRP blood test mean. It said I was high cardiac risk but what does that mean?

What does a 7.5 CRP blood test mean. It said I was high cardiac risk but what does that mean?

Biomarker: High sensitivity CRP first of all not just CRP is a surrogate risk factor for developing heart disease. Age, cholesterol, fam hx, and tobacco use are the main risk factors for heart disease. Having said that, there was a study that looked at heart events in patients supposed to be at low risk based on chol and traditional risk factors, and found high CRP. That is when this whole thing started. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have low band levels in blood ?

What does it mean to have low band levels in blood ?

Nothing: Bands are only increased in reactive conditions suc as an infection. Few or no bands is normal. ...Read more

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What does it mean if u have protein++ in urine but blood pressure is not high?

What does it mean if u have protein++ in urine but blood pressure is not high?

Proteinuria: Proteinuria is generally a sign of kidney disease. It can be present without hypertension. Sometimes its a lab error though, so should be rechecked. ...Read more

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What does it mean when my immungobulin m is very low in blood results?

What does it mean when my immungobulin m is very low in blood results?

Deficiency: Some people inherit immune deficiency on one or several antibodies that help controlling infections. If low, these could be helped with treatments. ...Read more

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My blood work up shows "High Chlorides and Lymphocytes with low Neutrophils" what does this mean? Is this the indicator for the Rhumatoid Factor?

My blood work up shows "High Chlorides and Lymphocytes with low Neutrophils" what does this mean? Is this the indicator for the Rhumatoid Factor?

Lab work: No this is not a sign of RA. However, I don't know what the rest means as I deal with numbers not with arbitrary highs and lows. What is considered high and low "by the lab" may be considered normal by a doctor or not. We pay attention to the clinical condition with the numbers to consider its significance. There are some numbers reported by labs that have no meaning at all to us. ...Read more

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What does it mean when it ur lipase level is high and just diagnosed with celiac?

What does it mean when it ur lipase level is high and just diagnosed with celiac?

Pancreatitis: High lipase can indicate inflammation of the pancreas (chronic or acute). Talk to your doctor, he/she will explain this to you and come up with follow-up plans. ...Read more

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What does it mean when the nurse says that your thyroid blood test is high?

What does it mean when the nurse says that your thyroid blood test is high?

Depends: It depends on what the nurse is referring to. She may be referring to a TSH level being high, in which case your thyroid level may be low (hypothyroid). She may be referring to a T4 or free T4 level being high, in which case your thyroid level is high (hyperthyroidism). ...Read more

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What does high B12 in blood mean when really high?

What does high B12 in blood mean when really high?

Needs evaluation: B12 is not toxic so high B12 due to taking it is not bad. If someone has high B12 without taking it then it can be a sign of serious problems including liver & kidney disease, myelproliferative disorders including leukemia & polycythemia vera & hypereosinophilic syndrome. High B12 does not cause these but caused by them. Further tests are needed to find the underlying cause: http://bit.ly/1hVpCY7 ...Read more

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What does it mean when your blood type is o positive?

Blood donor: Your red blood cells can be transfused into almost any other person who is rh positive. It has no implications for your health. ...Read more

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How high is the kappa Lamda 2.64 in blood what does it indicate?

How high is the kappa Lamda 2.64 in blood what does it indicate?

Kappa/Lambda: Hi, the normal Kappa/lambda is approximately 0.26 to 1.65. this ratio has to be interpreted along with Serum electrophoresis and also the free light chain values (kappa and lambda), if the free chain is elevated and the ratio is elevated then that could be due to plasma cell disorders like multiple Myeloma or Primary Amyloidosis if the symptoms present. Having said that it's not easy to draw ...Read more

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What does it mean when my testosterone is high but my blood pressure is low?

What does it mean when my testosterone is high but my blood pressure is low?

Possibly...: A common cause of elevated testosterone in women is Polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS)--usually associated with menstrual disorders, infertility, and obesity. The only link I can see with low blood pressure is if you also have associated Diabetes and have low overall fluid volume due to excessive urination from high sugars. Also, associated heavy periods might make you anemic with low pressures. ...Read more

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What does "pi" stand for on a urinalysis? And what does it mean when it is "high"? Urinalysis shows it as 5-10 when normal is 0-3

What does "pi" stand for on a urinalysis? And what does it mean when it is "high"? Urinalysis shows it as 5-10 when normal is 0-3

Urine analysis: I betcha your UA is registering "epi" cells. These are normal kidney or ureter or bladder or even vaginal cells. Sometimes the tech will report "squamous" cells. Urine pH is also reported but normal range is 5 to 7. Shedding these cells is not particularly worrisome, but interpretation requires a reading of what else is in the urine and if an illness is apparent. Suggest repeat and discussion ...Read more

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What does a high band mean in blood work?

What does a high band mean in blood work?

Fighting infection: "Bands" are immature white blood cells. When the body is under significant attack by an invader (bacterial, viral, or otherwise), it calls out the Marines (white blood cells as key portion of your immune system) and cells released a little early into circulation can be identified as such and are called "bands." ...Read more

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What does it mean when the lymphocyte count is high? Is it good or bad? And why?

What does it mean when the lymphocyte count is high? Is it good or bad? And why?

Viral: Usually if we do a blood count for a person with an infection would look at the total white count as well as the differential. A high white count with a lotto neutrophils suggest bacterial infection whereas a white count with a lot of lymphocytes is more suggestive of ireland flexion. There is no value judgment per se whether it is good or bad. It is relative to the problem at hand. ...Read more

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If heart enzymes are high in blood work, what does it mean?

If heart enzymes are high in blood work, what does it mean?

Depends: Which "heart enzymes" and when they are noted to be how high are all potentially important markers of underlying disease and prognosis. Although there are some patient who "normally" have high cardiac enzymes, these blood tests are the ones doctors usually use to indicate heart muscle damage, and thus make a diagnosis of myocardial infarction, or "heart attack", versus ischemia (without damage). ...Read more

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When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and hows it done?

When your iron is too high, what does it affect? And when drs refer to flush your blood, what does that mean and hows it done?

Hemochromatosis: High iron can cause hemochromatosis (accumulation of too much iron in the liver) this is not good. Phlebotomy (removal of blood. Like when you donate blood) is sometimes needed to decrease iron levels. ...Read more

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Hi, I want to understand what blood urea is and its range. If the levels are elevated what does it signify. Does it mean kidney problems. Thanks.

What's BUN?: BUN stands for blood urea nitrogen. Urea nitrogen is what forms when protein breaks down and it not used by itself to identify patients with kidney disease. BUN is elevated in cases of dehydration as well as kidney disease. Serum creatinine (C) is a better determinant of kidney function. If the BUN C ratio is > 20, the patient may be dehydrated. The normal range of B is 7-20 mg/dl. ...Read more