Questions tagged [blood-tests]

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

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Does the "Dawn Phenomenon" of blood sugar apply to non-diabetics?

I bought myself a $15 blood sugar testing kit the other day because I've been experiencing some health things that are rare for me such as migraines (I rarely have had headaches my entire life) and a ...
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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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Can GFR be improved in patients with kidney failure?

How widely can glomerular filtration rate (GFR) values fluctuate and can they ever improve? How much "error" might one expect in the value if sampled quarterly?
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Is it worth testing regularly for oxidative stress?

I have read that oxidative stress is associated with neurodegenerative diseases, cardiovascular disease, ageing, cancer, and diabetes. Popular health 'buzz' would suggest consuming antioxidant ...
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Is it considered eosinophilia if the total eosinophil count is normal but the eosinophil percentage is high?

If the total eosinophil count is normal but the eosinophil percentage is high, is it considered eosinophilia, or is it merely grounds for a rerun of the test? In a paper by Kovalski and Weller (2016), ...
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Will there be any error in the result if the sample taken for COVID-19 RT PCR test is kept for days before performing the test?

What would be the impact of keeping the sample (nose swab) for 5 days before performing RT-PCR on it? If no, then is there a particular way of storing the sample. Is there any standard set by the ...
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DIY hypernatrimia test

Is there a reliable, accessible blood test kit that can be administered at home to monitor hypernatrimia ? I understand that because sodium does not produce colored compounds, serum sodium cannot be ...
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Is low immature reticulocyte fraction after an acute hemolytic crisis normal?

All following data are theoretical and not real: A patient had a hemolytic crisis without anemia proven by elevated reticulocytes, elevated unconjugated bilirubin and normal hemoglobin and erythrocyte ...
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Why are there different blood sugar measurements?

I've been reading about health and wondering why blood sugar measurements are different. Why do these different sites use different measurements and give different numbers? Examples: Less than 100 ...
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Difference between mmol/l and mg/dl for blood glucose measurement

I'm in the process of preparing a short lecture on hypoglycemia. In the process, I discovered that blood glucose levels can be expressed in the measurement of millimoles per liter or milligrams per ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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Can the HS-Omega-3 Index be calculated from EPA and DHA?

I want to test my levels of Omega 3s, and I'm curious if it makes sense to test both the HS-Omega-3 Index and the EPA (Eicosapentaenoic Acid) & DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid), or just the latter? ...
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Timeframe of MMA / HCY response to Vitamin B12 supplementation

What is the timeframe one can reasonably expect for elevated serum Methylmalonic Acid and Homocysteine levels to be normalized by supplementation (e.g. 250 μg daily cyanocobalamin), assuming ...
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Why is there a difference between venous bicarbonate and bicarbonate in ABG?

Lets say a serum blood test shows bicarbonate of 20mmol/l but an ABG of 15mmol/l, both tests taken 3 minutes apart in a person with acute metabolic acidosis with compensation. Can anyone explain why ...
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Can certain medications cause false positives for COVID-19?

I was told by some colleagues at work that certain medications if they were taken by a person can cause antibody COVID-19 tests to test positive, is it possible ? If so how is that possible ?
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High lyphocytes count in blood test

What is the lymphocytes counts limit which discriminates a recent infection from a CLL (Chronical Leukaemia Lymphocytosis)?
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Is there a synergistic effect between phosphate and testosterone in respect to Physiology?

For example: A patient's blood analysis results come through, and it states that the patient has high testosterone and high phosphate levels. What are the likely causes of this, assuming/...
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What are the differential diagnoses of increased ferritin?

What are the possible causes of increased ferritin in a 69 year old man who is otherwise normal and who is not anemic?
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What's the term for fainting when you get a needle without apprehension?

So I will often faint when I get a needle, both for vaccinations and blood tests. This is not because I have any apprehension about the needle. If I lie down for the needle rather than sitting it has ...
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Does half a gram/dl Hb increase have clinical significance?

In relation to an Indian paper that attributed this observed change to a mask mandate (also being discussed on Skeptics) Mean Hb of blood donors in Group 2 (15.01 ± 1.1 g/dl) was higher than Group1 (...
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Does Water Affect Aggregation/Clumping of Red Blood Cells?

I am developing a laboratory experiment that involves looking at human blood under a microscope. In particular, I will be looking at how the red blood cells aggregate or clump when a human subject is ...
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Could NSAIDs lift bilirubin level?

If one takes 800 to 1200 mg of ibuprofen a day for 3 to 4 weeks, could that lift total bilirubin level to around 28 micromole/litre and direct bilirubin to around 8 micromole/litre?
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What does a low serum creatinine indicate?

The normal serum creatinine range is [0.80-1.60] mg/dl. If a person's creatinine level is slightly less than 0.80 mg/dl, what does it indicate?
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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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Lab test for Pregnancy, Not Clearly listed?

Can anyone list the Laboratory Test that are prescribed in the picture?(It's for a pregnancy in week 28+1).