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What Types Of Blood Tests Will Be Affected By Antibiotics
What are the test to diagnosed epididymitis? Can it be diagnosed only by urine test and what are the treatments?
Can a doctor via colonoscopy see the level of inflammation in the intestines? Does it require a biopsy? Are there any blood tests that can determine?
Not really: Colonoscopy can reveal masses and polyps (larger issues). If you are looking at tissue lining inflammation, or 'leaky gut' syndrome, there are several labs that have kits to test for this either by blood or by stool analysis. If it's to determine Chron's or Ulcerative colitis, there are other blood, GI tests, endoscopic imaging, ultrasound, (blue) dye during colonoscopy looking for inflammation. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I understand that an antibody screen can be used to detect a certain type of pneumonia, among other conditions. Can it also be used to identify various infections in the way that blood cultures can?
Yes but: Usually an elevated IgM response to a particular organism indicates an acute infection. However doing IgM ab to a whole panel of bacteria is expensive and many of the tests are not available. The culture method is the default test but can be false-negative in many cases. In the future, I believe PCR analysis of bacterial DNA or a bacterial DNA microarray assays will likely be the way to go. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you know any type of infection and enlargement of prostate by blood tests ? If yes . What is that test called ?
Find a good doctor f: First you need to find a good doctor. It is on the basis of your history(symptoms and the likely/suspected ) diagnosis that we would order the relevant test. Go see your pcp or a urologist. Either one of them can help sort out what to do for you. ...Read more
What blood tests can be used to determine dehydration? can dehydration throw off the results of a fibrotest or similar liver blood tests?
Hemoconcentration: Usually, the blood counts are the ones mainly affected by dehydration due to hemoconcentration resulting from dehydration. Your hydration status can easily be determined by the color of your urine and your urine specific gravity. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day would normally be sufficient but when you are under the sun and imbibing alcohol, you'll be doubly dehydrated. Alcohol is a dehydrant. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What other confirmatory urine tests can be used to differentiate Rhabdomyolysis from the other health problems?
Rhabdo: I would want to see blood tests showing your CPK levels. Are you under the care of a doctor? ...Read more
Many tests: There are a multitude of lab tests to detect autoimmune disorders and they can be quite confusing. A rheumatologist will order the specific tests based on his evaluation of the individual patient's signs and symptoms. ...Read more
Just read that dvts can be caused by hyper coagulation in the body due to cancer. What blood tests detect cancer? What type of cancer can cause clots?
Can uroscopy be done to check the cause of penile discharge if not found by other tests? And what other information does it provide?
Breath test: Helicobacter pylori which is a cause of chronic gastritis can be detected by commercially available urea breath test. It is a non-invasive test that measures cabon dioxide in expired air after oral administration of isotopically labeled urea (because of urease production by this bacteria). ...Read more
May be severe: If a solitary tuberculoma, might act like a local tumor and compress local tissue, and cause stroke like weakness and imbalance. But the big issue is if the lesion ruptures and causes TBC meningitis which causes fever, stiff neck, coma, dilated pupils and high mortality. MRI and lumbar puncture seem best tools to diagnose. ...Read more
Blood typing: In general there are 4 major blood groups, a, b, ab and o, signifying the presence/absence of certain molecules on the red cell surface. Type a has only "a" molecule; type b has only "b" molecule; type ab has both and type o has neither. The "positive" and "negative" reference refers to the presence/absence of rh molecule on the red cell surface. O positive is the most common blood group. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How accurate are the results of a bacterial overgrowth breath test? Are antibiotics the best treatment?
Do elevated basophils by themselves indicate cancer of the blood or must other factors and test results coincide with the basophilia?
Need more info: 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, it would have helped to have the actual results. In short, high basophil count is not diagnostic of cancer. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, 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. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless. Practice safe sex. ...Read more
Here are some...: Having pus cells (WBCs) in urine called pyuria suggests the presence of inflammation in urinary tract by various causes like UTI, stone, tumor, etc. or of contamination from improperly collected urine, especially in females or in men with long foreskin with inflammation. To know more about voiding disorders, go to peruse articles in http://formefirst.com/TroublingVoiding-Men.html & others... ...Read more
See below: Bacterial infections may be local (tonsilitis, pneumonia) or systemic (septicemia). Leydig cells are at risk if you have a bacterial orchitis, but not by an infection elsewhere in the body, and would be an unusual site for the spread of bacterial infection from elsewhere in the body. ...Read more
Can being on antibiotics change the outcome of a blood test? Can antibiotics mask infection (eg. Appendicitis, etc.)?
Can there be any way the doctor could know i'm sexually active by the results of my urine sample?
Not usually: Some urine samples are just tested with a dip strip,This looks for issues like sugar, protein, bladder infection, etc.It wouldn't look for STD's. If it is examined under a microscope, sperm could be seen and be evidence of sexual activity in females.If sent for STD studies it might find some ( which would be good for treatment). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What other things can cause the presence of both hyperthyroidism and symptoms of infection? I've had thyroid ultrasound and blood work to rule out
Viral (subacute)...: Thyroiditis may be a possibility. It is an inflammation of the thyroid gland which is believed to be due to a viral infection. Symptoms include: 1. Hyperthyroidism (due to thyroid hormone leaking from the gland) 2. Swollen, painful thyroid gland (front of lower neck) 3. Fatigue (tiredness) 4. Fever 5. Muscle and joint pain. Please see your doctor for a complete discussion. ...Read more
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