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Author Topic: Need Help Deciphering Uncles Latest Labs  (Read 1675 times)

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Offline Maestro

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Need Help Deciphering Uncles Latest Labs
« on: October 24, 2006, 05:20:49 PM »
OK.  Got a copy of his labs.  I am going to mention the things that are listed as OUT OF RANGE.  I looked up a lot of these, but it is tough to find out how these relate to HIV + patients and those on HAART and what would be considered normal given those two variables.  Anything jump out at you as cautionary? 

GGT:  120
Creatine 1.6
GFR 49
Carbon Dioxide 20
Albumin 3.4
Alkaline Phosphatase 153
CD4 180
CD4 % 11
CD8  % 75
CD8  1260
Helper/Suppresor Ratio 0.15
RBC 3.42 (this was before his transfusion)
Hemoglobin 7.8
Hematocrit 25,5
MCV  74.3
MCH  22.8
MCHC  30.7
RDW 17.2
Myelocytes 1
VL 77

Thanks as always

Offline anniebc

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Re: Need Help Deciphering Uncles Latest Labs
« Reply #1 on: October 24, 2006, 07:38:15 PM »
Hi Maestro

The only ones I would be concerned about at this point would be his GGT and Haemoglobin.
GGT..normal range is between 0..51...120 would indicate problems with his liver...this could be meds related.
Haemoglobin..nornal range 13..16...7.8 could indicate aneamia..also his MCH is a little low this also could be associated with aneamia.

His RBC is a little low but nothing I would worry about to much and with his infusion this will boost it up to normal levels.

Sorry I can't be of more help...unfortunatly I don't have the time to look through my books, and my memory is not as good as it was..but someone will be able to help you I'm sure.

Jan :-*
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Offline Robert

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Re: Need Help Deciphering Uncles Latest Labs
« Reply #2 on: October 24, 2006, 08:10:28 PM »
When my hemoglobin went down to 9.4 I was very tired and anemic.  I had to get a blood transfusion.  Your Uncle is even lower at 7.8.  If he sleeps all day, this could be why.

His t-cells (180) and percentage (11%)  are also on the low side.  He's  been diagnosed for a long time, right?  If so, it just might take a while to got those boosted to a more acceptable level (200 and 20%)

Viral Load is good.


Offline Maestro

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Re: Need Help Deciphering Uncles Latest Labs
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2006, 08:36:28 AM »
The doc wants to see him in a month to see how the transfusion helped.  Funny thing about the GGT levels.  I read they can be elevated if someone drinks a lot of diet soda.  He probably drinks 12-15 diet sodas a day!  However, I dont know if it can account for that kind of elevation. 

I was under the impression that 11% is a worrysome percentage.  However, the doc didnt seem to concerned!


Offline Maestro

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« Reply #4 on: October 25, 2006, 10:44:06 AM »
Still digesting the results.  The test has Myelocytes counted at 86 cells/uL.  It says normal is 0.  I can find myelocytes all over the internet.  What I cannot find is what an elevated level is an indication of.  Anyone know?

Thanks as always!



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