Tag Archives: Lab update

Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1)

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) IGF-1 testing may be ordered, along with a GH stimulation test, when a child has symptoms of GH deficiency, such as a slowed growth rate and short stature. They also may … Continue reading

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Reticulocyte count

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) A reticulocyte count is a blood test that measures how fast red blood cells called reticulocytes are made by the bone marrow and released into the blood. Reticulocytes remain in the … Continue reading

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Plasminogen

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) This test is used to evaluate thromboembolic disorders, including ligneous conjuctivitis (a type of mucous membrane abnormality). High levels of plasminogen can be seen in: Pregnancy (peak of 165% of normal … Continue reading

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Platelet aggregation

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) Platelets aggregate quickly enough to prevent important lack of blood and also to prevent exogenous agents to enter the blood stream. Platelet aggregation test evaluates the ability of platelets to clump … Continue reading

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BNP and NT-proBNP

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) BNP or NT-proBNP may be used to help diagnose heart failure and to grade the severity of that heart failure. BNP and NT-proBNP levels decrease in most patients who have been … Continue reading

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Homocysteine

Lab Update:(Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) Homocysteine is a product of methionine metabolism. Increased concentrations of homocysteine have been associated with an increased tendency to form inappropriate blood clots. This can lead to heart attack, strokes, and blood … Continue reading

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Electrolyte panel

Lab Update: (Dr Arpan Gandhi and Dr Navin Dang) An electrolyte panel measures the blood levels of sodium, potassium, chloride, and carbon dioxide. Electrolytes such as sodium and potassium keep the body’s fluids in balance and help keep the body … Continue reading

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