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Questions tagged [blood-tests]

Questions about tests of the blood that help to estimate the component(s) in it.

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What metric is used to measure estrogen levels?

I have had a blood test recently and over the phone I was told by a doctorthat my oestrogen level is high. I'm a man and was told my level is "190, but the average is 150". 190 what? I forgot to ask ...
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How else can a phlebotomist lessen my pain, on top of using a baby needle?

My grandpa's specialist has ordered quarterly blood tests for him. Most of LifeLabs' phlebotomists (in Ontario, Canada) venipuncture very painfully. Though he didn't mention algophobia, he chanced ...
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Baby vs. Butterfly Needle

How do they differ? They're mentioned here. I prefer a smaller needle to lessen pain for blood tests.
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Are there any other probabilities for an O blood typed kid other than O & O parents?

I was watching a Ted-Ed video about blood types. It said that an O kid is only possible for O & O parents. I want to make sure of that fact, and to know whether it's related to only and ...
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Hormone Definitions and Measurements [closed]

How are human hormones defined in the body and how are they measured? I understand that blood tests can be used to measure the amount of a hormone in the body, but how do we know which hormone ...
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Can a minor burn influence blood/fecal test results?

If a person sustained a minor burn on their hand from touching a hot object (2-3 hours after the burn there is only some red skin and little pain), and is meant to do blood and fecal tests in the ...
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Which lab value skeleton diagrams are used to display results for CBC, Chemistry, coagulation panel, etc?

Which lab value skeleton diagrams are used for discrete, cbc/cbcdiff, chem, and coag results?
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What are the factors that make veins easy for a blood test one day, and difficult the next?

I take blood tests quite frequently, and most the time the technicians (Phlebotomists) spend a lot of time searching both my arms for a good vein. I pump my fists, and they smack my arms (and of ...
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Does Blood Testing give meaningful insights in Vitamin/Mineral Deficiency?

I yesterday watched the documentary Vitamania by Dr Derek Muller, which is about the production, benefits and risks of vitamin supplements. In the film, he briefly talked about people being blood ...
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What software are there to use on laptop for blood analysis and diagnosis?

I wanted to know if there are any softwares that by installing on a notebook can allow me to do initial diagnosis of a patient at ordinary locations. Does anybody know what softwares are there or ...
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What approaches can I take to find out my blood type and Rhesus factor?

I need to find out my blood type and Rhesus factor. However, there is no medical necessity for this - it's just to know myself. (as such, I'm aware that medical insurance would likely not cover the ...
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Are metamyelocytes typically present on blood tests?

Is it normal to have metamyelocytes present on a blood test result? Basically, does it adhere to the standard morphology of the WBC & platelet or is it indicative of something abnormal?
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Is there any data about the significance of a blood serotonine level test and links to depression or other psychiatric diseases, or simply mood?

What does low or high blood serotonine levels tell us. Is there any data on the link between certain conditions and serum serotonine concentration?
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Online doctor consultation? [closed]

I'm interested in paying a doctor to chat with me online to help explain my blood test results. Does such a thing exist? And do you know of any affordable good options?
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Checking nutrition balance

I've just started to explore nutrition. I assume that: a1) A human body needs some minerals and vitamins, which can be delivered either in food or as supplements a2) There's recommended daily ...
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How accurate are blood count tests?

I just started to read about blood count, I am wondering how accuratelly can be determimed the number of red blood cells in case of Rouleaux formation or agglutination of red cells?
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ABO blood type mismatch

I have a question about blood types and seeming hereditary contradictions. The above image of an Eldoncard blood test, which shows quite clearly that the testee has AB- type blood. (see image!). The ...
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Can the foods you have been eating be detected through blood tests?

I know that things like sodium, cholesterol, and sugar levels can be found in blood (at least I think so.) But what about things like fruits and veggies? Can that be detected through bloodwork? Or ...
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I have natural immunity to Hepatitis B. Do I pose risk to others?

Some time ago I was rejected as donor and received following rejection letter: Just wanted to inform you that there was a positive infectious disease result for Hepatitis B. Unfortunately, we ...
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How fast can serum calcium, magnesium and potassium levels change?

Can serum electrolytes (such as Ca Mg or K) within NORMAL limits rise or drop substantially within 12-24 hours? Enough to go outside of normal range, even to the point of being symptomatic?
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What does the stability of blood test means for patient who have few pains in different parts of the body

What does the stability of a CBC (and all related tests) means for a patient who is not suffering anything besides few ache here or there like in stomach or the back? More generalized, if a blood ...
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Possible blood test after smoking weed

I'm going to a medical consultation early tomorrow (circa 5:45 AM) where might be a blood test. I was invited for a party tonight where I would drink and smoke marijuana (marijuana is illegal in my ...
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Reason behind testing blood when someone is suffering from Common cold and fever?

What does testing blood helps identifying in case of Common cold or fever? This article about Common cold states, a doctor may do a throat or nasal culture, or blood test to rule out a secondary ...
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What does CRP decreased result means within 2 months [duplicate]

What does it means when you repeat all your blood test between 2 months and all the result are within range and exactly the same as previously, but a test called CRP decreased from 2 to 0.98. Does it ...
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Is There Any Point In Getting Lab Tests Done If I Can't Find a Primary Care Physician?

I've been seeing a therapist for depression and I've been requested to get a physical done so I can have my vitamin D, testosterone levels and thyroid checked. Unfortunately I live in a rural area ...
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Hospital says their blood test caused sepsis. How serious is this?

My wife went to an Ontario (Canada) public hospital and they performed a blood test, among other things. The test revealed a presence of bacteria in the blood. They said they will send it for analysis ...
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On blood tests why do monocytes have a standard range of just “%”? [closed]

On blood tests why do monocytes have a standard range of just "%"? Without a standard range how does one know if the patients value is low or high?
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Is undermethylation considered a legitimate diagnosis?

Apparently undermethylation can be diagnosed using blood work. I googled it a bit, and what I saw seemed to suggest that it isn't widely accepted in the medical community. I'm wondering how ...
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What are basic checks to be done yearly [closed]

I am a reasonably healthy 47 yo male. Not hypochondriac. I am wondering which basic medical tests should be performed, and in which cycle. I am thinking about tests per se (blood, urine,...), ...
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Blood Test Panel for weight loss in females

Is there a well regarded medical/academic type of blood panel test or list of items to get tested for, when unable to loose weight, despite proper diet and exercise efforts? For example, this comes ...
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Opposite Venous Blood pH Readings In Groups Of Patients?

Assume Group A and B are 2,000 people each. If one doctor found that, say, sodium bicarbonate alkalized all venous blood of patients in Group A, but another doctor found that sodium bicarbonate ...
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What do these blood tests mean in general and why do doctors ask for them before taking action?

My doctor ordered some blood tests for me. I would like to understand what each test is for, meaning what information could be gathered from the results. W.B.C. Platelets E.S.R. C.R.P. Alpha feto ...
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Can superficial injury and exercise elevate AST and LDH levels?

Reading the information available here and here, it's stated that both exercise and other injuries can cause elevated results on a couple of indicators commonly used to measure liver function. ...
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What CGM systems don't require fingerstick calibration?

Most continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) systems require you to still do fingerstick blood testing on a daily basis in order to calibrate them. But that defeats the purpose of why people want CGM ...
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Covariance matrix for Complete blood count

What is known about a (multivariate) statistical distribution of complete blood count? Especially about the covariance or correlation matrix (in a healthy population).
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Which blood test results would most indicate further testing for cancer?

As a member of the healthcare community, I've long been taught (as we have all) that test results are only valid in the context of symptoms and at the discretion of a healthcare professional. That ...
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Who decides the “normal” values for blood count?

I'm currently researching the values for a Complete Blood Count. Obviously different sources give slightly different values, usually due to rounding, but I found that some values consistently shifted ...
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EverlyWell - legit?

EverlyWell is a lab testing startup. I'm looking at their food sensitivity test, didn't find a whole lot of independent info online (other than blogger reviews that were paid by the company). Is it ...
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Check Lithium Related Side Effects Without Blood Test

Situation: A middle aged patient with no health insurance and a well documented history of moderate to severe bipolar disorder visits a low cost clinic. The patient has a just lapsed lithium ...
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How many mL of blood is typically drawn for a HIV blood test?

I hope this isn't too broad or unanswerable a question but I'm wondering how many mL of blood serum are typically drawn out for a blood test for HIV. What's the minimum that's typically required?
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Overview of Lab Tests/Results [closed]

I am a programmer that inherited an application that displays lab results from a database. I dont have any medical training and I am looking for information that explains lab test and/or results from ...
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Is there any test to identify bacteria?

When I got some upper respiratory infection the doctor always prescribed broad-spectrum antibiotics like amoxicillin. Is there any test to identify bacteria, and if so, why doesn't the doctor order ...
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Are medical units pertaining to blood-tests, etc. standard/universal? Or vary from country to country?

Are medical measurements/units pertaining to blood-tests and urine-tests standardized across the globe? Or are they different? (I thought the metric system was standard in science, but when I was ...
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Why would MPV be low, but Platelet levels be high? [on hold]

What are the possible reasons for a blood-test to reveal low MPV levels, but high Platelet Count? It seems contradictory.... Also, WBC is high & Neutrophils levels are high.
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The sugar/glucose is one point too high

I am 60 and I got my first blood test in a few years. The glucose is 101. the range is 65-100. My doctor wrote this: The sugar/glucose is one point too high. You should try to eat fewer carbs (...
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Specialist to treat low Sodium

My 74 year old Dad has lower Sodium and Chloride than normal in his bloodwork. After taking 1/2 teaspoon of salt with his dinner, the Sodium and Chloride levels are still low, but blood pressure is ...
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Why cold on the back hurts more than cold in the front?

I'd rather have appended this to the health group, but I guess the biology se was better for this. The question is, why is it that the cold, on the back, hurts, whereas the cold on the front, arms, ...
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Plasma concentrations Of Beta-Carotene and Retinol

I'm doing an analysis, and retinol and beta carotene are involved. I need to know : 1) Normal levels of dietary beta carotene and Retinol consumed (mcg per day); 2) Normal levels of plasma retinol ...
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Difficulty extracting blood

A little while ago, I had my blood drawn for lab work. They were only filling a small vial with it, but even so the nurse had a hard time getting enough blood to flow into the vial. What could cause ...
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Clarification with a prescription for blood tests

I have a pro long condition of hair loss. I consulted a dermatologist and he gave me list of blood tests which I should do before the next consultation. I have difficulty in reading one of the items ...