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Old 08-13-2003, 07:49 AM   #1
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Talking New Dr Visit

I went to a new Dr yesterday, and she doesn't seem to think it is all in my head! For the first time ever at the age of 38, I will be having my cholesteral checked and a complete blood work and physical. None of my Drs have ever done that. Even though I am adopted and have no idea what all runs in my family! Can anyone tell me what the following blood tests are for? I know one is my Thyroid and one is cholesterol. Thanks!
CBC, CMP, TSH, T4 (? can't read it too well), HgBAC (there may be another letter or number between the A and C), and Lipids

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Old 08-13-2003, 09:02 AM   #2
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A CBC is a complete blood count. It measures numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells, total amount of hemoglobin, percent of blood made up of red blood cells, and the mean corpuscal volume (size of the cells). Also platelet counts, and some other additional information is acquired in CBCs.

CMP means Comprehensive Metabolic Panel. It is 14 tests packed into one. It is used to get information about liver, kidneys, blood sugar and blood protein, and electrolyte and acid/base balances.

I'm not sure what the HgBAC is...are you sure it's not hs-CRP? That is the high-sensitivity C-reactive protein test. It is done usually for heart-related problems.

The T4 test simply measures the amount of T4 in the blood. The TSH you talked about stands for thyroid-stimulating hormone, which is secreted by the pituitary gland in the brain. So basically the gland in the brain controls the thyroid gland...

Lipid test is the same as a cholesterol/triglyceride test.

Hope this helps.

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Old 08-13-2003, 12:26 PM   #3
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No the letters are derfinately HgB?? could be BHC or BAC or something else, but thank you for all of your help on the rest!

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