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Which Blood Tests Can Check For Gastroparesis
Mechanical problem: Gastroparesis is a mechanical or electrical problem with the motility of the gut. As such, there is not a change in blood chemistry or hormone levels to be tested for. It is diagnosed by the absence of gut movement, typically using various imaging studies such as a barium swallow or a gastric emptying study. You need to check for diabetes as the most common cause for gastroparesis --. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
HCV antibody: The most common first line test would be an hcv antibody. Other tests include: hcv rna, which measures the "amount" of virus in your blood. Hcv genotype, which determines the "type" of hepatitis c you have. And riba, which is used on rare occasions when your doctor is concerned that a positive hcv antibody test may be incorrect (as seen with a condition known as hypergammaglobulinemia). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Testing for multiple system atrophy?I know some tests include ttt/sweat test/blood pressure monitoring/qswet and catacholomine testing but what else can be used to test for msa?Any other helpful tests
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
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No : Unless your doctor ordered the drug test panel specifically. ...Read more
Weak immune system: Being immune-compromised can be primary, born this way, usually present early in life, and still rare, some types present late but not as severe. Or secondary, usually due to drugs or infection, e.g. HIV. History and physical examination direct which studies to pursue, usually CBCD and blood levels of immunoglobulins can be enough to tell us an immune status in the context of a clinical picture , ...Read more
No: Unfortunately, there are no blood tests to determine if one has bladder cancer. The only way to diagnose bladder cancer is by clinical history, various urine tests, and with a cystoscopy. This is a test where a telescope is placed into the bladder and the bladder is visually examined in its entirety to determine if there any masses or lesions on the bladder lining. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: Currently, there is not an available blood test for fibromyalgia. There are tests that can evaluate for a variety of different musculoskeletal conditions and eliminate these conditions as causes of widespread pain. A trained medical provider can also examine you thoroughly and determine whether you have the characteristic trigger points of pain common in fibromyalgia. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Diabetes testing: The current testing guidelines for type 2 diabetes are hemogloblobin A1c (over 6.5%), fasting blood glucose (>126) and 2 hr blood glucose (>200). Symptoms that suggest you need to be tested include symptoms of hyperglycemia (such as frequent urination, increased thirst, blurred vision) or hyperglycemic crisis with random plasma glucose ? 200 mg/dl. If this is you, see your doc right away. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can any internal medicine doctor interpret most blood tests or is it better to see a specialist such as for blood tests for lupus or blood disorders?
Start with PCP: Yes, any general internist can interpret routine blood work including for auto immune issues like lupus, but there may be a benefit of having a specialist like a rheumatologist (arthritis doctor) help if further testing and detailed management of such disorders if needed. Best regards. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Anemia and thyroid test which i understand but also added a liver and kidney blood test. Why would doc order these tests?
Ask your doc: This question needs to be asked of the doctor who ordered the tests. Without specific clinical information, the question is impossible for me to answer. ...Read more
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