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Viscosity Blood Test

The Viscosity serum test is used to monitor patients and assess hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS).  Disorders related to HVS include polycythemia, macroglobulinemia, multiple myeloma, and leukemia.

Sample Report

Test Code: 004861

Also Known As: Serum Viscosity

Methodology: Viscometry

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 4-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Sample Report

Test Code: 918

Also Known As: Serum Viscosity

Methodology: Kinematic Viscometer

Preparation: No special preparation required.

Test Results: 3-5 days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

Description

The Viscosity test can determine if an individual has chronic or acute inflammation.  It can also aid in the diagnosis of cancers, infection, or autoimmune disorders that lead to inflammation.  Hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS) is a combination of clinical signs and symptoms related to increased blood viscosity.

 

Symptoms relative to having this test performed:

  • Anemia
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Neck and shoulder pain
  • Headaches

 

  Most commonly hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS) may be presented with the following:

  • Blurred vision
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Deafness
  • Double vision
  • Loss of bodily movements
  • Abnormal sensation, tingling or pricking (pins and needles)
  • Rapid, involuntary movements of the eyes

 

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