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If my blood results say "slight hemolysis, " what does that mean?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
Surgery - Oncology
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In brief: Nothing serious

Sometimes mild trauma can cause this.
Sometimes if they used a needle that was too small it can also cause hemolysis. Unless it repeatedly happens, it's likely nothing to worry about.

In brief: Nothing serious

Sometimes mild trauma can cause this.
Sometimes if they used a needle that was too small it can also cause hemolysis. Unless it repeatedly happens, it's likely nothing to worry about.
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Dr. Richard Bensinger
Ophthalmology
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In brief: Improper handling

This usually refers to a blood sample handled poorly in which some of the blood cells break open, releasing the contents into the serum and possibly altering the results of the blood test.
not a problem for most analysis but the laboratory will usually inform your doctor if this can affect the results.

In brief: Improper handling

This usually refers to a blood sample handled poorly in which some of the blood cells break open, releasing the contents into the serum and possibly altering the results of the blood test.
not a problem for most analysis but the laboratory will usually inform your doctor if this can affect the results.
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