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What Does The Index Value Mean Inhsv2 Testing
What does blood test of ionized calcium mean? What does it measure? What does it mean if the ionized calcium is below the normal range?
Can't tell: By itself any one blood test, normal or abnormal, means absolutely nothing unless there is some context. You can't determine the significance of this without knowing when it was drawn, why it was drawn, and whether there are any other abnormal tests. Sometimes it means absolutely nothing. Ask the doctor who drew it. ...Read more
What does it mean when I have an index value of 20.9 for a herpes i, ii, and IgG test? Lab results
Old infection: I do not know the reference value of the lab that did the test but i assume this is higher than normal and is interpreted as reactive. It means at one point in your life, you have been exposed to both varieties of hepres -i generally responsible for 'cold sores' and ii, generally responsible for genital lesions. However with diverse sexual practicess, they are becoming more interchangeable. ...Read more
What does it mean if my Chromogranin test level was below the normal range? Does that indicate anything? I know an elevated level is Carcinoid but what about low? CgA= 1.1 APTT=29 INR= 1.0
CgA normal: CgA is a screening test for certain types of cancer (mostly those involving the endocrine (hormone) system. Any value below 76 ng/ml is simply "normal." Your APTT of 29 and INR of 1.0, which are tests of your blood clotting system, are also normal. If you have persistent or debilitating symptoms of any kind, you need to continue to follow up with your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more
Possible infection: Assuming this is a urinalysis, it means you have a few white blood cells, which could signify infection or inflammation anywhere in the urinary tract. An actual count of the cells is more helpful, that's in another part of the test. If there are more than say 10, the risk of infection is higher. ...Read more
Alpha feto protein: An elevation of Alpha feto protein between 15-18 weeks in pregnancy may be asign of a defect in the forming fetal spine( neural tubr defect). It requires a specialized ultrasound imaging to rule out the above possibility. You must speak with your doctor and seek adequate care. ...Read more
How bad does it mean when spirometry results only show the number 300 ml (vital capacity)? What is the average normal value for spirometry test?
Depends on: The predicted normal lung function results are based on age, sex, ethnicity, gender, and height. Thus the normal value varies among individuals. You must have misread your vital capacity since no adult can live with a 300 ml vital capacity. Could it be 3, 000 ml? ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: A physician will need to know more about your immune history (particularly with regard to infection severity and frequency, family history, vaccination history, context of laboratory testing when IgG/A found to be low and whether there is GI/liver/kidney/skin disease. You could begin by requesting a virtual consult. Good health! ...Read more
Not necessarily: In addition to sle a positive ana(antinuclear antibody) can be seen in a number of medical conditions, secondary to certain medications, and in otherwise healthy individuals. Therefore a positive ANA does not necessarily indicate the presence of sle. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What could it mean if my lymphocyte/100 leukocyte is 53% (according to the results the avg is 18-42?
May be nothing: All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, lymphocyte count of 53% by itself is not a disease. Why was the test done? For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, low fat milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Ask your doctor: C-reactive protein (CRP) is a non-specific test. It is used by a doctor to detect inflammation if there is a high suspicion of tissue injury or infection somewhere in the body, but the test cannot tell where the inflammation is or what condition is causing it. Unfortunately, CRP values are best interpreted by the lab paperwork that is sent to your doctor. Best to f/u with him/her. ...Read more
If doctors swab for a herpes culture, does that mean its a serum test: the more reliable/updated test?What exactly does that mean ?
Syphilis: The test you mention is a confirming test for Syphilis. The person with this test result needs to 1. Avoid any (further) sexual contact 2. Consult with a Health Care Professional with knowledge of STD treatment 3.AND/OR Call your LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT (to which the patient will be eventually reported anyway! HOPE THIS INFORMATION HELPS! Dr Z ...Read more
Elevated LFT's: There are 2 kinds of liver enzyme abnormalities--that signal disease of the liver cells or of the bile ducts.Abnormal liver tests may reflect fatty liver, too much alcohol, toxic exposure, occupational exposures, lot's of viral infections, metabolic problems, familial liver diseases, as well as problems with gallbladder, bile ducts, & pancreas. Suspicion of these conditions warrants a liver panel. ...Read more
No, IgE = allergies: A high ige is associated with allergies, parasitic infections and some rarer medical conditions. A slightly high IgA is a nonspecific finding and may not be clinically significant. If it's extremely high, like ten times normal, it could mean a plasma cell abnormality, like multiple myeloma. Autoimmune diseases may also cause IgA to become elevated. Ask an immunologist to evaluate you if concerned. ...Read more
Humoral immune-: deficiency All laboratory results need to be interpreted in the clinical context and the doctor who ordered the tests is usually in the best position to do that. Having said that, low levels of IgG and IgA indicate deficiency of antibodies and susceptibility to infections and auto-immune disorders. ...Read more
Depends on timing,Sx: The answer depends on the timing of possible exposure to syphilis & any symptoms (Sx) that you may have. So, it's impossible to answer your question here. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to the doctor who ordered the test. CIA, or chemiluminescence assays, are REACTIVE when treponemal (bacteria that causes syphilis) antibodies detected. It can be Non-Reactive in early stages (false neg) despite Sx. GL ...Read more
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