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Behavior Blood Test Panel

The behavior panel includes a CMP, Lipid Panel, CBC, Ceruloplasmin, Copper, Histamine, Homocysteine, Magnesium RBC, Vitamin B6, and Zinc.


Test Code: 6291

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Methodology:

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Preparation:

Patient should be on a stable diet, ideally for two to three weeks prior to collection of blood, and should fast for 12 to 14 hours before collection of the specimen. Avoid taking allergy causing drugs, antihistamines, oral corticosteroids, and substances which block H2 receptors 24 hours prior to collection. Check with physician before stopping any medications.

Test Results:

5-6 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP-14) with eGFR Blood Test:

 

Glucose Levels: The glucose test identifies blood sugar levels, the most direct way to not only discover diabetes but to evaluate options for controlling the disease.

 

Kidney Profile:

BUN or Urea Nitrogen: Indicates kidney function by measuring the by-product of protein metabolism eliminated through the kidneys.

Creatinine, Serum: Indicates kidney function.

BUN/Creatinine Ratio: Provides assessment of kidney function by dividing the BUN by the Creatinine.

Glomerular Filtration (eGFR): Provides an assessment of the kidney's filtering capacity.

 

Liver panel:

Protein, Total: When paired with albumin, it measures the body's state of nutrition.

Albumin Serum: One of the major proteins in the blood. It reflects the body's general state of nutrition.

Globulin, Total: Another major group of proteins in the blood, comprising the infection-fighting antibodies.

Albumin/Globulin Ratio: This ratio is calculated by dividing the albumin by the globulin.

Bilirubin, Total: A chemical that is involved in the function of the liver. Elevated concentrations may lead to jaundice.

Alkaline Phosphatase: A body protein important in identifying proper liver and bone functionality.

Aspartate Aminotransferase (AST or SGOT): An enzyme found in the liver, heart muscle, skeletal and other organs. Abnormalities in concentration levels may indicate liver disease.

Alanine Aminotransferase (ALT or SGPT): An enzyme found mainly in the liver. Abnormalities may indicate liver disease.

 

Fluids & Electrolytes:

Sodium, Serum: Sodium is one of the most important salts in the body fluid, critical to helping maintain the body's water balance and the electrical activity of muscles and nerves.

Potassium: Helps control the muscles and nerves.

Chloride Serum: Helps ensure electrolyte balance in the body, similar to sodium.

Carbon Dioxide, Total: Ordered as part of an electrolyte panel. The electrolyte panel is used to help detect, diagnose and monitor electrolyte imbalances.

 

Lipid Panel With Total Cholesterol:HDL Ratio:

 

Cholesterol, Total: A sterol in the blood used to assess heart health. Knowing your cholesterol level is just as essential as knowing your blood pressure. High cholesterol levels often indicate an increased risk of coronary heart disease.

Triglycerides: Fat in the blood, responsible for providing energy to the body's cells. Triglycerides should remain less than 400 mg/dl even when the body is in a non-fasting state.

HDL Cholesterol: High-density lipoproteins, or "good" cholesterol, take cholesterol away from the cells and transport it back to the liver for removal or processing. Low HDL can result from a lack of exercise and smoking, while people with high levels of HDL may have lower chances of heart disease.

LDL Cholesterol: Low-density lipoproteins (calculation), or "bad" cholesterol, contain the highest percentage of cholesterol and are thought of as responsible for depositing cholesterol on the artery walls.

Total Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: This ratio is calculated by dividing the total cholesterol by the HDL cholesterol and is used by healthcare professionals to determine your relative risk for developing heart disease.

 

Complete Blood Count (CBC) With Differential and Platelets:

A CBC provides critical information about the numbers and kinds of cells in the blood, especially platelets, white blood cells, and red blood cells. It also helps physicians identify the cause of such symptoms as bruising, weakness, or fatigue. Further, a CBC also helps diagnose infections, anemia, and many other conditions and disorders. The CBC provides information on your:

 

WBC: White blood cells (WBC) are the body's primary defense against disease. WBC helps fight infection.

RBC: Red blood cells (RBC) are responsible for carrying oxygen to and carbon dioxide away from all cells. Iron deficiency will lower RBC.

Hemoglobin: A chemical compound inside red cells that transports oxygen through the bloodstream to all cells of the body. Oxygen is needed for healthy organs. Hemoglobin gives the red color to blood.

Hematocrit: Hematocrit measures the amount of space red blood cells take up in the blood. It is reported as a percentage.

Lymphocytes: The results of this and basophils, eosinophils, monocytes, and neutrophils deal with white blood cell function. Important to the body's defense against infection. Also important in the assessment of nutritional status.

Monocytes: The results of this and basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and neutrophils deal with white blood cell function. Important to the body's defense against infection. Also important in the assessment of nutritional status.

MCH Mean: Corpuscular Hemoglobin is one way to measure the average hemoglobin concentration within red blood cells, which varies from normal with different diseases.

MCHC Mean: Corpuscular hemoglobin concentration.

MCV Mean: Corpuscular volume measures red blood cell volume.

Neutrophils: The results of this and basophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and monocytes deal with white blood cell function. Important to the body's defense against infection and also important in the assessment of nutritional status.

Platelets: Blood cell particles involved with the forming of blood clots.

RDW: Red cell distribution width (RDW) is a calculation of the variation in the size of your RBC's. In some anemias, such as pernicious anemia, the amount of variation (anisocytosis) in RBC size (along with variation in shape-poikilocytosis) causes an increase in the RDW.

 

Ceruloplasmin

Ceruloplasmin is a protein produced by the liver and is used to transport copper through the blood. Tissues in the brain, kidneys, liver, and bones need copper to function properly and remain healthy. 

 

Copper

The human body needs copper to function properly. Copper is taken from ingested food and absorbed into the bloodstream. Once in the bloodstream, copper attaches to a protein called ceruloplasmin, which transports the copper all over the body. Copper in the blood that does not attach to ceruloplasmin is called free copper. Having too much free copper in the blood can be very dangerous. The free copper will start to move out of the bloodstream and into the brain's tissue, eyes, and kidneys. As the copper starts to build up, it destroys the cells around it, which decreases the functioning of these organs.

 

Histamine Determination

Histamine is a chemical involved in the central nervous system, digestion, and immune system. Working as a neurotransmitter, it transmits vital signals from your body to your brain. It is also a stomach acid component that helps to break down food. The role of histamine in the body is to induce an instant inflammatory response. The immune system acts as a red flag, warning the body of any possible attackers.

 

Homocysteine

Homocysteine is an amino acid linked to several vitamins like folic acid, B6, and B12. Deficiencies of these vitamins may cause elevated levels of homocysteine. Research suggests that individuals with elevated homocysteine levels have a much greater risk of heart attack or stroke than those with normal levels. Additionally, increased concentrations of homocysteine have been linked to an increase in blood clots, leading to strokes, heart attacks, and blood vessel blockages in any part of the body.

 

Magnesium RBC

The RBC blood test is used to measure the level of magnesium found in the red blood cells floating in the blood serum. Symptoms of low levels of magnesium in the red blood cells include cardiac arrhythmias, seizures, and muscle cramping, and weakness. 

 

Vitamin B6

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin that helps brain function. The body converts protein to energy and helps the immune system produce antibodies. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.

 

Zinc

Zinc is a mineral that is necessary for a variety of body activities, including energy and metabolism. Zinc is required for a healthy immune system, normal development, cell reproduction, and wound healing. Zinc deficiency can occur as a result of inadequate dietary intake or an overabundance of minerals such as copper or iron, which interfere with the body's capacity to absorb zinc.

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