Blood Test

Blood tests are the laboratory tests done on a blood sample usually drawn from a vein in the body. Blood tests are ordered by the physician, as it helps to diagnose various disease conditions.

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What should I do if I have been accidentally exposed to a dirty needle during a blood test?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 32-year-old female patient who recently had blood drawn for various tests. I am concerned about the possibility of being stuck with a dirty needle during the procedure. Although I am not sure if this actually happened, I experienced mild fever, dehydration, and loss of appetite the...  Read Full »

Dr. K. Shanmuganandan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Blood drawing is generally considered a safe procedure, and it should not cause fever. Kindly answer the following questions so that I can help you. Was the blood drawing needle disposable and used once? Could you confirm if the vacut...  Read Full »

I need hematology clearance for abdominoplasty. Are CBC, PT, and PTT sufficient for hematology clearance?

Query: Hi doctor, I need hematology clearance for abdominoplasty. The anesthesiologist insists on hematology clearance because I take Pradaxa 150 mg twice daily, Bupropion 450 mg once daily, and Aspirin 81 mg once daily. I take these medications for stroke, and heart attack, and also I had blood clots. How...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. I suggest you to follow the instructions mentioned below: 1. The anticoagulant medicines that you mentioned should be stopped three days before the surgery. 2. You can investigate for PT (prothrombin time), PT...  Read Full »

I had a few ECGs performed for panic attacks. What does the stiff and downslope ST segment suggest?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a few ECGs (electrocardiograms) performed in a hospital setting due to panic attacks. I was always told that everything was normal. It was never mentioned to me that there was an abnormality found. I discovered it while getting copies of my records. The report states that th...  Read Full »

Dr. Salam Salloum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Generally speaking, we refer to some changes on ECG (electrocardiogram) as a normal variant to the fixed changes that present on a series of ECGs without any symptoms, or to some changes that were observed in particular groups of people (such as females, athletes, or...  Read Full »

My mother takes medication for high cholesterol and osteoporosis. Kindly review her blood reports.

Query: Hello doctor, I got my mom’s routine blood work done recently. Can you please take a look at her report and let me know if you have any comments or recommendations? She is 59 years old and does not have any illness. As per our family doctor’s prescription, she takes the following medications: 1....  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Since when is she taking vitamin B12 and vitamin D supplements? What is the dose of cholesterol medicine, vitamin B12, and vitamin D supplements? Her reports (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) are fine except for mild elevation of LDL (low-density...  Read Full »

I need to interpret my recent blood and urine report. Could you help me with it?

Query: Hi doctor, I need to interpret my recent laboratory report. It includes blood and urine tests. Could you help me with it?  Read Full »

Dr. Mahmoud Ahmed Abdelrahman Abouibrahim

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have checked the attached files thoroughly (the attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). My comments : 1. You have a lipid problem that requires lifestyle changes as well as meditation. 2. There is low vitamin D deficiency which requires supplements...  Read Full »

My wife's blood tests and mammography reports showed abnormal findings. Kindly review.

Query: Hello doctor, Today I will discuss the reports of my wife:- A. Seven days ago, she had my blood test and found the following abnormal readings:- 1. FBS- 120 (70-100) 2. HbA1c- 7.46 % 3.. ESR- 35 mm/hr. B. Then two days ago, she had a blood sugar test with digital glucometers (without taking he...  Read Full »

Dr. Thiyagarajan. T

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For your wife, fasting glucose is fine. Postprandial glucose is slightly high and HbA1c is not on target yet. She should continue tablet Nobegliz-M XR (Gliclazide and Metformin) daily. I suggest you add a tablet of Istavel (Sitagliptin) 100 mg daily after food in t...  Read Full »

How should I be treated if my CPK level is high after a blood test?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a blood test, and my CPK was elevated. What does this signify, and what is the treatment? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. CPK (creatine phosphokinase) can be high from various underlying health conditions like muscle diseases, and brain diseases such as stroke, convulsions, lung diseases, myocarditis, heart attack, electric shock, and...  Read Full »

I have a burning sensation during urination but my blood and urine test came back normal. What can be the reason?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had an issue with a burning sensation when I urinate. I have seen a urologist who looked inside my bladder and did not see anything wrong. I have had blood tests and urine samples, and everything has come back to normal. I wondered if the issue could be a gynecological proble...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I suggest you follow a urologist's advice and have a proper follow-up. But from the gynecology side, it is better to exclude pelvic infection, sexually transmitted infection, or any other local cause like a fibroid. Have one high vaginal swab test, transvaginal scan,...  Read Full »

My neutrophils are low, and my lymphocytes are high. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am concerned about my low neutrophils and high lymphocytes. I will attach the results. A doctor told me my wbc is 6000 per microliter and advised me not to worry. Currently, I am taking Atorvastatin, Levothyroxine, and Benadryl. Kindly help. Thank you.   Read Full »

Dr. Elina Angelova Beleva

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have reviewed your laboratory results. A single test is of minimal clinical significance if not coupled with complaints and symptoms. After reviewing your test results, I can tell you that your total white blood cell count is normal. Even though the percentage values...  Read Full »

How can I interpret the blood test results of my 1-year-old daughter?

Query: Hello doctor, I need help reading the test results for my one-year-old daughter. I cannot understand it, and the doctors would not break it down.  Read Full »

Dr. Sajeev Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. As per the attached report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), there is a mild increase in creatinine level indicative of kidney dysfunction. However, the increase is a very mild and insignificant ...  Read Full »

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