PCR is the short form for a polymerase chain reaction. It is a method used to make copies of DNA or RNA in samples containing only minute quantities of both. This test is done to diagnose hereditary conditions, in DNA profiling, and the diagnosis of infectious disease.
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What are the reasons for high platelet count?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 46-year-old diabetic female. My platelet count is high at 900,000 per microliter of blood in routine CBC. My iron is normal. My USG showed hepatosplenomegaly and PBS showed microcytic hypochromic anisocytosis. What shall I do now? Read Full »
Dr. Veerendra Channabasappa Patil
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The platelet count is above the normal range. There are many reasons for such elevated platelet count. It needs further investigations, including genetic tests. The conditions like essential thrombocytosis could be considered with the available information from you.... Read Full »
I had a routine test done for all STDs and got a positive hepatitis B test result. How to get it treated?
Query: Hi doctor, I was hoping to find out more about the results of my most recent hepatitis B test. I underwent a routine test for all sexually transmitted diseases and one of my results for hepatitis B was positive. After a month, I repeated the test because I thought the results may be negative.The doc... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to the icliniq.com. There is no reason to be worried because your hepatitis B surface antigen is negative. However, you might be anti-hepatitis antibody positive, which is not investigated in your report (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). So your body is trying to ... Read Full »
If I quit smoking, will my RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV levels come back to normal?
Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from hypertension since few years, and I am currently on medication Telmisartan. I am an alcoholic and smoker, and I smoke approximately 15 cigarettes a day for the last five years. My current CBC report suggests high RBC, hemoglobin, and PCV. Though it reduced slightly ... Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your attached reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The diagnosis is polycythemia. Polycythemia can be secondary or primary. Secondary polycythemia occurs because of hypoxia, which activates the oxygen sensor and more erythrop... Read Full »
Can streptococcal infection cause stomach cramps and chest pain?
Query: Hi doctor, I have left-sided crampy stomach pain and chest pain which is mostly located under breast, near ribcage. About two years ago I got Streptococcal infection, pneumonia and bronchitis at the same time. In ER, they prescribed Amoxicillin. But it did not work for me as I am allergic to Penic... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and understood your health concern. As you had Streptococcal infection three weeks back, it might have spread to the lower respiratory tract. Infection of the lower respiratory tract by Streptococcus can cause pneumonia or pneumonitis which can c... Read Full »
My HSV 1 IgG value is 49.20. Does it mean the infection is a recent one?
Query: Hello doctor, I took an STD panel test and got a positive result for HSV-1 IgG Ab test. My result was 49.20, but the reference range was 0.91 for negative and anything over 1.09 as positive. Does my 49.20 mean the infection is a very recent one because it is so high? I am confused about why it is s... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. HSV (herpes simplex virus) IgG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies indicate previous exposure and HSV IgM (immunoglobulin M) indicates current disease. The positive IgG can become significant only if you have active lesions. The type one usually causes oral lesions which ... Read Full »
Can Levaquin be used for gonorrhea?
Query: Hi doctor, I did IgG test for HSV-1 and HSV-2 after four months of possible exposure, which was negative. Is it conclusive? Is there any need to do IgM test? If IgG is negative, can I consider that I am not infected? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The time required for IgG (immunoglobulin G) antibodies to develop after the exposure to HSV (herpes simplex virus) is usually 21 to 42 days. A negative HSV IgG means that you have probably not been exposed to HSV. HSV IgM (immunoglobulin M) will tell whether yo... Read Full »
Why do I feel sick for two days even after testing negative for COVID-19?
Query: Hello doctor,I have been sick recently for two whole days and have symptoms that are flu-like or COVID-like. I took the test, but it turned out to be negative, but I am still feeling very ill, so I am guessing that I have the flu. What do I do if I cannot go back to work due to all the symptoms I am... Read Full »
Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. It is good to read that the COVID-19 test turned out negative. Most probably, you would be having symptoms like body ache, headache, sore throat, fever, dry cough, etc. Similar symptoms are observed in COVID-19 also, but you have done RT-PCR (... Read Full »
Can Metrogyl cause tingling sensation in hands and feet?
Query: Hello doctor, I took the antibiotic Metrogyl for a bacterial vaginosis infection. It was a seven day course which I completed four days back. Since then, I have had a tingling sensation in my hands and feet and a sort of achy numbness in my arms and legs. I had a blood test a week ago for something ... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Regarding your concern, I would explain that your symptoms could be related to Metronidazole adverse effect. You should know that this drug can cause neuropathy as a possible adverse effect. For this reason, I recommend consulting with your attending doctor and performi... Read Full »
Why do I get an odd sensation in shoulders and head?
Query: Hello doctor, When I try to go to sleep every night, this horrible gas has disturbed my immune system, and some solid-like comes up from my shoulder area to the right side of my head and attacks me all night long. I am exhausted from it all. I believe it is a virus. Lab work found I have an aggress... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Such a weird sensation can be due to parasitic infection only, and as you mentioned, you have a previous history of insect bites. So most probably it is due to that only. I would suggest you continue with the antiviral therapy you are currently taking. And along with t... Read Full »
I have some concerns. Do HIV combo test detect p24 antigen for HIV-2?
Query: Hello doctor, I have some concerns regarding HIV testing. Please answer my questions below regarding the same. Does HIV combo test detect p24 antigen for HIV-2? Do combo tests and antibody tests detect all subtypes and strains of HIV? Can a PCR test detect all subtypes of HIV? Thank you. Read Full »
Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Based on your attached report (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) combo test, it can detect both 1 and 2 types of HIV virus. As I can see, it is a nega... Read Full »