Category Archives: Lab Tests

How to Screen STDs?

Screening Sexually Transmitted Diseases STDs may give symptoms and express out themselves. However, they may sometimes remain absolutely silent for years. Screening is, therefore, required to catch them is phases of dormancy. STDs and Their Spread There are a variety of sexually transmitted disease. As the name suggests, STDs spread mainly via unprotected sex. However, […]

5-Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid (5-HIAA) 24 Hour Urine Test

5-Hydroxyindoleacetic Acid (5HIAA) 24 Hour Urine Test 5-Hydroxyindoleacetic acid (5-HIAA) is the major metabolite of serotonin. Increased amount are found in intestinal carcinoid tumors and neuroendocrine tumors, especially when carcinoid syndrome is present. Carcinoid syndrome is characterized by serotonin producing tumors, flushing, heart problem, and some degree of hepatomegaly. Normal Reference Range 2-10 years < […]

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (APTT) Test

Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time Test The activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT) test reflects the activities of most of the coagulation factors and inhibitors. So, its value indirectly tells us about the functioning of various factors involved in coagulation. Normal Reference Range Full term infant, 0-5 day old 25.0-60.0 seconds Full term infant, 6 days-3 months […]

Serum Adrenocorticotropic Hormone (ACTH) Lab Test

Serum Adrenocorticotropic Hormone, ACTH Test This hormone is synthesized by the pituitary gland and acts on the adrenal gland. Adrenals secrete cortisol, which is the chief hormone controlling stress and glucose metabolism, when stimulated by ACTH. Cortisol circulates in blood. Most of it is conjugated in the liver and stays in blood as inactive forms. […]

Serum Acid Phosphatase Test

Serum Acid Phosphatase Lab Test Acid phosphatase is an enzyme present chiefly in the prostate gland and the semen. Some amount is present in blood throughout the body. In a healthy individual, it lies within the normal range. Conditions Associated With Elevated Levels The test is done to diagnose and assess the following conditions: Prostate […]

Serum Aldolase Test

Serum Aldolase Test It is also called Blood Aldolase Test. It is a diagnostic test. Aldolase is an enzyme present in the muscle tissues. It is used to metabolize glucose molecules and release energy required to work. In conditions of muscle damage due to any disease condition or trauma, this enzyme spills out into the […]

FSH Blood Test- Follicle Stimulating Hormone Normal Level Values Range

Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) Lab Test FSH or follicle stimulating hormone is a fertility hormone secreted by the pituitary gland. What Is the Function of This Hormone? FSH regulates the menstrual cycle in female. It stimulates the follicles. Its level varies throughout the cycle, the highest being just before the release of egg. In men, it […]

Alkaline Phosphatase (ALP) Blood Test – Normal Alk Phos Levels

Serum Alkaline Phosphatase Lab Test This test measures the level of the enzyme alkaline phosphatase in blood. Since the ALP enzyme is synthesized mainly in the liver and the bone, its presence in higher amounts in blood, reflect disorders of liver or bone. Preparing for the Alk Phos Test Food, especially fatty food, may temporarily […]