Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis
Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is used in the evaluation of organ function and checks for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. The CMP may also be ordered to monitor conditions, such as hypertension, and to monitor patients taking medications for any kidney- or liver-related side effects.
This panel includes: (CRP), Quantitative + CBC With Differential + CMP (14) + Ferritin + GGT + Hemoglobin A1c + Homocysteine + Insulin + Iron & TIBC + Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LD) + Lipid Panel With LDL:HDL Ratio + Magnesium + Thyroid Antibodies + Thyroid Profile w/ TSH + T3 Total + T3 Free + Uric Acid + Urinalysis, Complete With Microscopic Examination + Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
C-Reactive Protein, Quantitative is used to aid in the diagnosis of infections or diseases which cause inflammation.
Complete Blood Count (CBC) is often used as a broad screening test to determine an individual’s general health status. It can be used to:
- Screen for a wide range of conditions and diseases
- Help diagnose various conditions, such as anemia, infection, inflammation, bleeding, disorder or leukemia, to name just a few
- Monitor the condition and/or effectiveness of treatment after a diagnosis is established
- Monitor treatment that is known to affect blood cells, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP 14) is used in the evaluation of organ function and checks for conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, and kidney disease. The CMP may also be ordered to monitor conditions, such as hypertension, and to monitor patients taking medications for any kidney- or liver-related side effects. If a doctor is interested in following two or more individual CMP components, they may order the entire CMP because it offers more information and can give a more thorough assessment.
Ferritin is used to evaluate an individual’s iron levels in the body. Ferritin is often paired with an iron test and also a TIBC test. Ferritin levels correlate with and are useful in evaluation of total body storage iron. From this test you will be able to identify if you are deficient or high in iron levels.
GGT is used to determine why a patient would have elevated levels of alkaline phosphatase or also known as ALP. This test would be recommended for any patients with disease associated with the bile duct, and also for patients who have liver or bone disease.
Hemoglobin A1c can be used for diagnosing and screening for diabetes and prediabetes in adults. When glucose attaches to hemoglobin, hemoglobin A1c is then created. When glucose levels are elevated, more glycated hemoglobin is created.
Homocysteine is ordered for a variety of clinical purposes including heart conditions, and vitamin b12 or folate deficiency. Testing homocysteine can be effective in identifying abnormal levels of B12 and folate before symptoms are present. Practitioners will order this test on patients who may be malnourished or with poor nutrition. This includes the elderly, drug addicts, and alcohol addicts.
Insulin is used to diagnose an insulin-producing tumor and verify that the removal of the tumor has been successful. It can also be used to diagnose hypoglycemia, insulin resistance, and can be paired with a C-peptides test to determine levels of insulin being produced in the body, and levels of insulin coming from an outside source such as insulin injections.
Iron & TIBC is used to aid in the evaluation of a number of conditions involved with red cell production and destruction, iron transport, or iron metabolism. This will assist your physician in differentiating between different types of anemia. May also be used to help diagnose hemochromatosis (iron overload). High levels of iron are associated with kidney/liver disease and a deficiency in vitamin B6. Low iron levels have symptoms including fatigue, headaches, or muscle pain.
In Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LD) LD stands for Lactate Dehydrogenase, which is an enzyme that can be found in almost all of the body’s tissues. It can be used as an indicator if one has tissue or cellular damage. The importance of this test lies in the cellular respiration, which is a process where glucose from food is converted into energy that is used for our cells.
Lipid Panel w/ Total Cholesterol is used to guide practitioners regarding what treatment is best for patients who have borderline or high risk of heart disease. HDL particles are involved in the process of removing excess cholesterol and transporting it to the liver for removal. LDL particles deposits extra cholesterol in the walls of blood vessels. Because of this, HDL particles are known as “good cholesterol” and LDL particles are known as “bad cholesterol.”
Magnesium, Serum is ordered on patients who show signs of magnesium deficiency. These symptoms can include weakness in muscles, seizures, cramping, twitching, or confusion. This test can also be ordered on patients who are currently taking medications that can cause excretion of magnesium through the kidneys.
Thyroid Antibodies test is used to differentiate the diagnosis of thyroiditis and hypothyroidism. Thyroid antibodies develop when the immune system targets the thyroid gland. This can cause thyroiditis, and can disrupt thyroid function.
The Thyroid Profile w/ TSH includes Free thyroxine index + T3 uptake (THBR) + thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) + thyroxine (T4).
T3 is used to evaluate thyroid function. Triiodothyronine is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland and helps regulate how your body uses energy.
T3, Free is used in the evaluation of thyroid function. T3 is a hormone produced by the thyroid gland and helps control the rate at which your body generates energy.
Uric Acid is used to detect high levels of this compound in the blood in order to help diagnose gout. The test is also used to monitor uric acid levels in people undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. Some people with high levels of uric acid have a disease called gout, which is a common form of arthritis. People with gout suffer from joint pain, most often in their toes, but in other joints as well.
Urinalysis, Complete w/ Microscopic Examination detects abnormalities of urine; diagnose and manage renal diseases, urinary tract infection, urinary tract neoplasms, systemic diseases, and inflammatory or neoplastic diseases adjacent to the urinary tract.
Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy is ordered when an individual has low calcium and/or symptoms of vitamin D deficiency. This can appear as bone weakness/softness, or fractures in adults, or as rickets (bone malformation) in children.
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