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Laboratory Testing

Laboratory Testing

Our staff at NorthPark Medical Group perform comprehensive health screenings. To learn more about our laboratory testing call our office and talk to one of our laboratory-trained healthcare professionals.

 

Some testing offered:

Complete Blood Count (CBC) gives important information about the numbers and kinds of cells in the blood, especially red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. A CBC helps your physician check any symptoms, such as fatigue, weakness, or bruising, that you may have. A CBC also helps your doctor diagnose conditions, such as infection, anemia, and several other disorders.

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) with eGFR is a group of 14 laboratory tests ordered to give information about the current status of your liver, kidneys, and electrolyte and acid/base balance.  This test gives the current status of your blood sugar and blood proteins also.

Cholesterol and Heart Testing measures the amount of cholesterol and triglycerides in your blood and helps ascertain your risk of plaque buildup that can lead to narrowed or blocked arteries throughout your body (atherosclerosis) and heart disease.

Prostate Testing is done to see if the PSA is elevated from either inflammation of the prostate or cancer. Most frequent nonmalignant prostate conditions that cause an elevation in PSA levels are inflammation of the prostate (prostatitis) and enlargement of the prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH).

Thyroid Testing measures the thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) in blood. A TSH that is elevated, or above normal, is considered indicative of hypothyroidism. A TSH that is below normal, is on the other hand indicative of hyperthyroidism. Timely screening can detect and help in proper treatment of hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism and thyroid cancer.

The Urine Culture Test measures the level of bacteria in the urine. A bacterium known as Escherichia coli (E. coli) causes the majority of lower urinary tract infections (UTIs). Fortunately, this microorganism is treatable with several antibiotics. The urine culture tests for the presence of a bacteria.  If high counts are found the test is generally considered a positive urine culture.  If there are multiple bacteria strains, the culture may have been contaminated and the urine culture may need to be repeated.  Symptoms of a UTI include pain and burning when urinating and a frequent urge to urinate.  If symptoms are present, but the urine culture is negative, you may want to consult your doctor to investigate other potential causes.

 

Do you suspect you have a urinary tract infection? Are you having difficulty or pain during urination and a frequent urge to urinate? Call our office today and discuss your condition with our staff or make an appointment to visit one of our physicians as soon as possible.

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