Hair Loss (Alopecia)

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Learn more about alopecia and how a hair loss test can help you accurately screen and diagnose your condition in the article posted below the list of tests.


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Antinuclear antibodies are associated with rheumatic diseases including Systemic Lupus Erythematous (SLE), mixed connective tissue disease, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma, polymyositis, CREST syndrome, and neurologic SLE. 

Reflex Information: If ANA Screen, IFA is positive, then ANA Titer and Pattern will be performed at an additional charge.



Increased CRP levels are found in inflammatory conditions including: bacterial infection, rheumatic fever, active arthritis, myocardial infarction, malignancies and in the post-operative state. This test cannot detect the relatively small elevations of CRP that are associated with increased cardiovascular risk.

DHEA-S is the sulfated form of DHEA and is the major androgen produced by the adrenal glands. This test is used in the differential diagnosis of hirsute or virilized female patients and for the diagnosis of isolated premature adrenarche and adrenal tumors. About 10% of hirsute women with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) have elevated DHEA-S but normal levels of other androgens.


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Measuring the circulating levels of estradiol is important for assessing the ovarian function and monitoring follicular development for assisted reproduction protocols. Estradiol plays an essential role throughout the human menstrual cycle. Elevated estradiol levels in females may also result from primary or secondary ovarian hyperfunction. Very high estradiol levels are found during the induction of ovulation for assisted reproduction therapy or in pregnancy. Decreased estradiol levels in females may result from either lack of ovarian synthesis (primary ovarian hypofunction and menopause) or a lesion in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis (secondary ovarian hypofunction). Elevated estradiol levels in males may be due to increased aromatization of androgens, resulting in gynecomastia.

IMPORTANT - Note this Estradiol test is not for children that have yet to start their menstrual cycle.  If this test is ordered for a child that has yet to begin their menstrual cycle Quest Diagnostics labs will substitute in Estradiol, Ultrasensitive LC/MS/MS - #30289 at an additional charge of $34


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Useful in the diagnosis of hypochromic, microcytic anemias. Decreased in iron deficiency anemia and increased in iron overload.


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Folic acid deficiency is common in pregnant women, alcoholics, in patients whose diets do not include raw fruits and vegetables, and in people with structural damage to the small intestine. The most reliable and direct method of diagnosing folate deficiency is the determination of folate levels in both erythrocytes and serum. Low folic acid levels, however, can also be the result of a primary vitamin B12 deficiency that decreases the ability of cells to take up folic acid

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

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FSH and LH are secreted by the anterior pituitary in response to gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GNRH) secreted by the hypothalamus. In both males and females, FSH and LH secretion is regulated by a balance of positive and negative feedback mechanisms involving the hypothalamic-pituitary axis, the reproductive organs, and the pituitary and sex steroid hormones. FSH and LH play a critical role in maintaining the normal function of the male and female reproductive systems. Abnormal FSH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of LH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased FSH levels are associated with menopause and primary ovarian hypofunction in females and primary hypogonadism in males. Decreased levels of FSH are associated with primary ovarian hyper-function in females and primary hypergonadism in males. Normal or decreased levels of FSH are associated with polycystic ovary disease in females. In males, LH is also called interstitial cell-stimulating hormone (ICSH). Abnormal LH levels with corresponding increased or decreased levels of FSH, estrogens, progesterone, and testosterone are associated with a number of pathological conditions. Increased LH levels are associated with menopause, primary ovarian hypofunction, and polycystic ovary disease in females and primary hypo-gonadism in males. Decreased LH levels are associated with primary ovarian hyperfunction in females and primary hyper-gonadism in males.

Serum iron quantification is useful in confirming the diagnosis of iron-deficiency anemia or hemochromatosis. The measurement of total iron binding in the same specimen may facilitate the clinician''s ability to distinguish between low serum iron levels caused by iron deficiency from those related to inflammatory neoplastic disorders. The assay for iron measures the amount of iron which is bound to transferrin. The total iron binding capacity (TIBC) measures the amount of iron that would appear in blood if all the transferrin were saturated with iron. It is an indirect measurement of transferri

This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of pituitary and gonadal insufficiency and in children with precocious puberty.

RPR (Monitor) with Reflex to Titer 

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  • Non-Reactive

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This is a non-treponemal screening test for syphilis. False positive results may occur due to systemic lupus erythematosus, leprosy, brucellosis, atypical pneumonia, typhus, yaws, pinta, or pregnancy. Monitoring of RPR is helpful in assessing effectiveness of therapy.

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A positive RPR screen must be followed by a specific treponemal antibody test (e.g., FTA-ABS):

A positive result on the second method confirms the screening result and the affected person is diagnosed with syphilis.

A negative result on the treponemal test may mean that the initial RPR test was falsely positive. Further testing and investigation may be done to determine the cause of the false positive.

Limitations

False-positive results have been associated in patients with infections, pregnancy, autoimmune disease, old age, Gaucher disease, and malignancy.

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Syphilis


Testosterone, dihydrotestosterone and estrogens circulate in serum bound to Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG). SHBG concentrations are increased in pregnancy, hyperthyroidism, cirrhosis, oral estrogen administration and by certain drugs. Concentrations are decreased by testosterone, hypothyroidism, Cushings syndrome, acromegaly and obesity

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The assay may be useful in the diagnosis of nonthyroidal illness (NTI). Patients with NTI have low T3 concentrations and increased concentrations of rT3. RT3 may be useful in neonates to distinguish euthyroid sick syndrome from central hypothyroidism.

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Total T3 measurements are used to diagnose and monitor treatment of hyperthyroidism and are essential for recognizing T3 toxicosis

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Decreased: Pregnancy, estrogens, hyperproteinemia, acute intermittent porphyria.Increased: Androgens, hyperproteinemia, stress, acute liver disease.

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This test is used to diagnose hyperthyroidism and to clarify thyroid status in the presence of a possible protein binding abnormality.

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For diagnosis of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.

Note: Free T4 Index (T7) will only be calculated and reported if test code code 861 (T3 Uptake) is ordered as well.


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The free T4 are tests thelps evaluate thyroid function. The free T4 test is used to help diagnose hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. Free T4 is the active form of thyroxine and is usually ordered along with or following a TSH test. This helps the doctor to determine whether the thyroid hormone feedback system is functioning as it should, and the results of the tests help to distinguish between different causes of hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism.

Helpful in assessing testicular function in prepubescent hypogonadal males and in managing hirsutism, virilization in females

This is an uncapped test. Reference ranges above 1100 ng/dL can be reported with a quantitative result.


Helpful in assessing testicular function in males and managing hirsutism, virilization in females.

Testosterone circulates almost entirely bound to transport proteins: normally less than 1% is free. Measurement of Free Testosterone may be useful when disturbances in Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) are suspected such as when patients are obese or have excessive estrogen. Testosterone measurements are used to assess erectile dysfunction, infertility, gynecomastia, and osteoporosis and to assess hormone replacement therapy.


This test is useful in the differential diagnosis of male hypogonadism. For males 18 years of age and older only. Pediatric and Female patients will need to order Testosterone, Total, MS #15983.

Due to changes in testosterone levels throughout the day, two morning (8:00-10:00 a.m.) specimens obtained on different days are recommended by The Endocrine Society for screening.

Please note: If Testosterone, Total, Males (Adult) Only #873 is ordered for a pediatric or female patient, the lab will automatically change the test to and charge for Testosterone, Total, MS #15983.


Helpful in assessing testicular function in male and managing hirsutism, virilization in females.


Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies

Measurement of thyroglobulin antibodies and thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO) is useful in the diagnosis and management of a variety of thyroid disorders including autoimmune thyroiditis, Hashimoto's Disease, Graves Disease and certain types of goiter.

 "IMPORTANT - Please note that Quest returns values up to 900 for the Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies test.  If tracking requires values above 900 for the Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, then order test TPO Antibody Endpoint (Test Code # 15116).



Alopecia and other forms of hair loss affect more than 6.8 million people. However, in recent years, several hair loss tests developed that can detect potential hair loss and the factors that contribute to someone losing their hair.

If you're here, it's safe to assume you're looking for in-depth information about these hair loss lab tests and need to be pointed in the direction of a company that can provide you with an Alopecia lab test.

We're here to deliver the information you're looking for; all you've got to do is read on now.

What is Alopecia?

Alopecia, otherwise known as hair loss, can affect any place on your body where hair grows. Depending on your situation, the loss of hair can be permanent, or it could be temporary.

Even if you suspect you're losing hair, your doctor will recommend you undergo testing to confirm it. There are several types of hair loss, with the first being involutional Alopecia.

When you lose hair as you continue to age because your hair follicles are in the resting phase instead of continuously growing, you begin to lose more hair. Another type of hair loss is Androgenic Alopecia, which is a genetic form of hair loss.

Telogen effluvium is one form of hair loss that's considered temporary. The cause of this form of hair loss is when several of the hair follicles move into the resting phase simultaneously.

Risk Factors of Alopecia

Several risks factors might cause someone to experience Alopecia or hair loss. The first risk factor is your family history; if your family has a history of balding or thinning hair, the likelihood that you'll experience it as well increases.

Another risk factor for some people is the combination of medication they're taking. Hair loss could be a side effect that stems from the way the medications interact within the body.

If you've got existing medical conditions, such as diabetes or an autoimmune disease like Lupus, this increases your chances of experiencing hair loss as well.

Causes of Alopecia

What causes Alopecia, you might be wondering? There are several causes, including fluctuating hormones. If your body is producing fluctuating levels of androgens or sex hormones, you'll have issues with hair loss.

Another common cause of hair loss is stress. One clinic states that their weekly average of five patients seen for stress-related hair loss increased five times to around twenty-five during the Covid pandemic.

If you're not eating the appropriate diet, it can leave your body lacking the nutrients and vitamins it needs to function properly. Vitamin deficiencies can lead to hair loss and thinning.

Signs and Symptoms of Alopecia

There are several signs of Alopecia that you may or may not notice, with the main one being the thinning of the hair on your head. You might notice every time you brush your hair or touch it; strands are coming out.

Another sign of hair loss is when all the hair on your body falls out without warning or cause. Some Alopecia symptoms are if the skin on your scalp begins to change in texture, becoming more scaly instead of smooth the way your scalp typically is.

Another sign is if you begin to feel sudden itching or increased tenderness in the area where you're losing your hair.

Lab Tests for Alopecia

There are several hair loss tests that you can take to detect if you're suffering from Alopecia, with the most commonly ordered test being a blood test. If you've got a family history of hair loss or begin to feel burning in areas around your scalp, you might be suffering from hair loss.

The first set of blood tests used for those looking for answers about Alopecia include the following. These tests help identify the cause of thinning and hair loss.

Key lab tests to help identify the cause of hair loss:

  • B12 and Folate
  • Biotin (Vitamin B7)
  • DHEA-S
  • Dihydrotestosterone
  • Estradiol
  • Free and Total Testosterone
  • FSH and LH
  • Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG)
  • Zinc
  • Thyroid Tests

Other tests are used as well, such as the pull alopecia test. If your doctor is conducting a pull test, they will take sections of hair and give a light tug. If you're losing hair each time they tug, you'll likely be told you're actively losing hair.

Another type of test is the tug test, where your doctor places two fingers at the root and the end of the section of hair they're holding. They will then lightly pull on the hair and observe any obvious damage.

If your hair breaks during this test, it shows that your hair follicles are brittle, and you're prone to hair loss over time if you mess with your hair often.

Frequently Asked Questions about Alopecia and Lab Testing

There are some questions that we know you have when it comes to Alopecia and lab testing.

For example, once you have your blood drawn, how long will it take to get your results. If you're using Ulta Lab Tests, it will take approximately 24-48 hours for you to receive your results.

How will you know which test is right for you? Use the information provided in this guide under the "Lab Tests for Alopecia" section to help select the lab tests to order or consult with your healthcare professional.

All that's left is to move forward with ordering your tests now. After you order, all you've got to do is sit back and let us take care of the rest.

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If you are experiencing hair loss, the natural next step is to get tested. Unfortunately, the traditional medical care system makes this extremely difficult. It can take weeks to receive approval and a referral from your doctor.

The wait only gets longer as you wait for results to be analyzed and returned. But if you're experiencing hair loss, then your goal should be to get a hair loss test as soon as possible to help identify the cause.