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What would abnormal vitamin a serum blood test indicate?

What would abnormal vitamin a serum blood test indicate?

Abnormal Vit A: It means you have a deficiency of vit a if it's too low and too much vitamin a if it's too high! see http://ods.Od.Nih.Gov/factsheets/vitamina-healthprofessional/. ...Read more

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Ferritin (Definition)

Ferritin is protein complex that binds iron and controls iron levels inside all of our cells. Low levels in the serum is a useful marker of iron deficiency. Macrophages are cells that contain large amounts of ferritin, and this that helps them scavenge RBC at sites of old hemorrhage. High serum ferritin levels occurs from macrophage activation and is a ...Read more


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Quantitative blood test for hcg, what is this?

Quantitative blood test for hcg, what is this?

Human Chorionic Gonadotropin: This test comes in two varieties, one a purely "qualitative" one that is intended to detect pregnancy, and a second quantitative one that provides a number, and thus can detect more subtle abnormalities of production either by the fetus, or a tumor. ...Read more

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What would abnormal vitamin a serum blood test mean ?

What would abnormal vitamin a serum blood test mean ?

A few things...: "abnormal" on a blood test usually means the result is higher or lower than what is found in 95% of the normal people in the community. For vitamin a, one can ask his doctor why the test was done (it is not a routine test that everyone gets). A very high result means a patient is eating too much vitamin a (from foods or supplements), and low means he is not eating or absorbing enough vitamin a. ...Read more

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What is test RDW and glucose?

What is test RDW and glucose?

Red cell distributio: It means the red cells in the blood are not all the same size. When someone has anemia, the RDW test can be used as extra info to find out what the anemia is from. Glucose means th sugar in the bloodstream .If it is high it could be a aign of diabetes in certain cases. It is unrelated to rdw. ...Read more

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How accurate is the blood urea serum electrolyte test?

How accurate is the blood urea serum electrolyte test?

Accurate: However, occasional errors happen rarely. All labs undergo rigorous validation/inspection by a specialized agency called clia to be licensed. All labs in the us are periodically tested for accuracy. ...Read more

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What does a low AST blood test indicate?

What does a low AST blood test indicate?

Probably nothing: Generally nothing. It usually has no clinical significance although it can be low in severe liver disease such as cirrhosis. ...Read more

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What is a serum iron level also what does MCH & mchc stand for in lab test?

What is a serum iron level also what does MCH & mchc stand for in lab test?

Numbers: Iron (not to be confused with hemoglobin) is the amount of the element in blood bound to plasma proteins. It's helps estimate how much iron is available to make more red cells. Mch and MCHC are mean corpuscular (red cell) hemoglobin and hemoglobin concentration; how well-hemoglobinized the red cells are (tends to be low in iron deficiency and some other illnesses.) iron deficiency's common & cruel. ...Read more

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What is crp 14.7 level in blood test mean?

What  is crp 14.7 level  in blood test mean?

See details: CRP levels are elevated with any issue that cause an inflammatory response in the body. The level you list is mildly elevated. ...Read more

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Is Haptoglobin (mg/dl) test a blood chemistry test or hematological test?

Is Haptoglobin (mg/dl) test a blood chemistry test or hematological test?

Haptpglobin: Is a transport protein for the breakdown of hemoglobin. If is used to assess for RBC destruction. When the haptoglobin Is low there is an association with increased hemolysis ...Read more

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What is the blood test to check blood calcium levels called?

What is the blood test to check blood calcium levels called?

Calcium level: The typical blood test to check a person's blood calcium level is called "serum calcium level", or "calcium level". It is usually done as part of a group of blood chemistry tests called a "chem panel" or a "metabolic panel". ...Read more

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What could a plasma metanephrines blood test mean if it is slightly elevated?

What could a plasma metanephrines blood test mean if it is slightly elevated?

Keep testing : Most labs are set up so that a few percent of healthies come out a bit high. You are getting worked up for pheochromocytoma, I bet. You will get seem real biochemical tests, and if others are suggestive, imaging. ...Read more

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I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

I had blood test which shows low iron levels. Is this anemia?

Iron deficiency: Iron deficiency is one type of several types of anemia. Anemia generally refers to low levels of hemoglobin/hematocrit. Iron deficiency can certainly cause this, but in and of itself, iron deficiency is not the same as anemia. ...Read more

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What is the cryoglobulin blood test?

What is the cryoglobulin blood test?

Seeks odd proteins: This is a simple test for certain abnormal proteins in the bloodstream. Often they are rheumatoid facators, hepatitis C antigen-antibody complexes, or hepatitis B complexes. Plasma / serum is drawn and spun in the warm, then cooled and a white precipitate is a cryoglobulin. These can make you quite sick and should be sought especially if vasculitis or glomerulonephritis are sought. ...Read more

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What is hCG blood test <1 mean?

Pregnancy test: Usually a HCG level less than 5 miu/ml is interpreted as negative for pregnancy. So this is a negative for pregnancy. All tests must be interpreted with the results from the history and physical examination. ...Read more

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Blood test report: homocysteine level high/ blood platelets low/ bilirubin high. What could be wrong?

Blood test report: homocysteine level high/ blood platelets low/ bilirubin high. What could be wrong?

Big picture please: As a lab doctor, this means nothing in isolation. I appreciate your caring & this is no familiar pattern. Is the person clinically healthy? How off are the values? Vegetarians and junk-fooders are equally at risk for high homocysteine as are folks with genetic disease. Bilirubin -- gilbert's? Platelets -- gin and tonic? This isn't something to discuss in a 400-character text thx 4 understanding. ...Read more

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What is mchc in a blood test?

Mean corpuscular : Hemoglobin concentration. It is one of the calculated indices to measure the amount of hemoglobin in each red cell. It may be used to differentiate the types of anemia. Iron deficiency anemias have low mchc. ...Read more

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Blood test Cortisol level 19.9 what does it means thank you?

 Blood test Cortisol level 19.9 what does it means thank you?

Meaningless: Was the blood drawn in the AM or PM. Ask the provider who drew it what he was looking for and how to interpret the results ...Read more

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What is the test name for rbc, hgb, hct levels?

What is the test name for rbc, hgb, hct levels?

Usually part of CBC: But this can be done separately, in which case you have already given the names "red blood cells, hemoglobin, hematocrit". Hope this was helpful. ...Read more

Serum (Definition)

Serum is the component of blood that does not contain cells or clotting factors. It does contain electrolytes an ...Read more