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Aids in the diagnosis of primary disease of skeletal muscle myocardial infarction and viral hepatitis.


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The major sources of amylase are the pancreas and the salivary glands. The most common cause of elevation of serum amylase is inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis). In acute pancreatitis, serum amylase begins to rise within 6-24 hours, remains elevated for a few days and returns to normal in 3-7 days. Other causes of elevated serum amylase are inflammation of salivary glands (mumps), biliary tract disease and bowel obstruction. Elevated serum amylase can also be seen with drugs (e.g., morphine) which constrict the pancreatic duct sphincter preventing excretion of amylase into the intestine.

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.


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Measurement of the levels of bilirubin is used in the diagnosis and treatment of liver, hemolytic, hematologic, and metabolic disorders, including hepatitis and gall bladder obstruction. The assessment of direct bilirubin is helpful in the differentiation of hepatic disorders. The increase in total bilirubin associated with obstructive jaundice is primarily due to the direct (conjugated) fraction. Both direct and indirect bilirubin are increased in the serum with hepatitis.

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.


C-Reactive Protein Cardiac (hs CRP) Useful in predicting risk for cardiovascular disease.


C3a desArg is a cleavage product of C3 complement component activation. Elevated levels of C3a have been reported in patients with acute lyme disease, acute pancreatitis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and adult respiratory distress syndrome.


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Used to diagnose inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), including Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, or to differentiate IBD from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

 

Collection Instructions

Collect undiluted feces in clean, dry sterile leak-proof container. Do not add fixative or preservative.

 


Low levels of fibrinogen are associated with bleeding most commonly secondary to liver disease or disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). Fibrinogen is an acute phase reactant and thus elevated levels may be associated with inflammation. Increased concentrations are also associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis.


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Chlamydia trachomatis RNA, TMA

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Urine specimens: The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen.

Urine: Patient should not have urinated within one hour prior to collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen. Direct patient to provide a first-catch urine (a maximum of 20-30 mL of the initial urine stream) into a urine collection cup free of any preservatives. 2 mL of urine specimen must be transferred into the APTIMA® specimen transport within 24 hours of collection and before being assayed. Use tube provided in the urine specimen collection kit for urine specimens. The fluid (urine plus transport media) level in the urine tube must fall within the clear pane on the tube labe

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C. trachomatis infections are the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases in the united states. C. trachomatis is known to cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis and proctitis. It is also the most frequent cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men. Among women, the consequences of chlamydial infections are severe if left untreated. Approximately half of chlamydial infections are asymptomatic.


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Chlamydia/Neisseria gonorrhoeae RNA, TMA

Patient Preparation 

Urine specimen: The patient should not have urinated for at least one hour prior to specimen collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen.

Urine: Patient should not have urinated within one hour prior to collection. Female patients should not cleanse the labial area prior to providing the specimen. Direct patient to provide a first-catch urine (a maximum of 20-30 mL of the initial urine stream) into a urine collection cup free of any preservatives. 2 mL of urine specimen must be transferred into the APTIMA® specimen transport within 24 hours of collection and before being assayed. Use tube provided in the urine specimen collection kit for urine specimens. The fluid (urine plus transport media) level in the urine tube must fall within the clear pane on the tube label.

 

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C. trachomatis infections are the leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases in the United States. C. trachomatis is known to cause cervicitis, pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), epididymitis and proctitis. It is also the most frequent cause of non-gonococcal urethritis in men. Among women, the consequences of Chlamydialinfections are severe if left untreated. Approximately half of Chlamydial infections are asymptomatic.
Neisseria gonorrhoeae (gonococci) is the causative agent of gonorrhea. In men, this disease generally results in anterior urethritis accompanied by purulent exudate. In women, the disease is most often found in the cervix, but the vagina and uterus may also be infected.


A Complete Blood Count (CBC) Panel is used as a screening test for various disease states including anemia, leukemia and inflammatory processes.

A CBC blood test includes the following biomarkers: WBC, RBC, Hemoglobin, Hematocrit, MCV, MCH, MCHC, RDW, Platelet count, Neutrophils, Lymphs, Monocytes, Eos, Basos, Neutrophils (Absolute), Lymphs (Absolute), Monocytes(Absolute), Eos (Absolute), Basos (Absolute), Immature Granulocytes, Immature Grans (Abs)


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Cortisol is increased in Cushing's Disease and decreased in Addison's Disease (adrenal insufficiency). Patient needs to have the specimen collected between 7 a.m.-9 a.m.


Test for myocardial infarction and skeletal muscle damage. Elevated results may be due to: myocarditis, myocardial infarction (heart attack), muscular dystrophy, muscle trauma or excessive exercise

A synthetic circular peptide containing citrulline called CCP IgG (cyclic citrullinated peptide) has been found to be better at discriminating Rheumatoid Arthritis patients from other patients than either the perinuclear autoantibody test or the test for rheumatoid factor. Approximately 70% of patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis are positive for Anti-CCP IgG, while only about 2% of random blood donors and disease controls subjects are positive.

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


Ferritin, Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)

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  • Iron and Total Iron Binding Capacity (TIBC)

Low levels of fibrinogen are associated with bleeding most commonly secondary to liver disease or Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). Fibrinogen is an acute phase reactant and thus elevated levels may be associated with inflammation. Increased concentrations are also associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis.

Elevated GGT is found in all forms of liver disease. Measurement of GGT is used in the diagnosis and treatment of alcoholic cirrhosis, as well as primary and secondary liver tumors. It is more sensitive than alkaline phosphatase, the transaminases, and leucine aminopeptidase in detecting obstructive jaundice, cholangitis, and cholecystitis. Normal levels of GGT are seen in skeletal diseases; thus, GGT in serum can be used to ascertain whether a disease, suggested by elevated alkaline phosphatase, is skeletal or hepatobiliary.

Detection of antibodies to gliadin, one of the major protein components of gluten, is a sensitive assay useful in diagnosing celiac disease. However, gliadin antibodies may be found in individuals without celiac disease; thus gliadin antibody assays are less specific than assays measuring antibodies to endomysium and transglutaminase. Recent work has revealed that gliadin-reactive antibodies from celiac patients bind to a very limited number of specific epitopes on the gliadin molecule. Further, deamidation of gliadin results in enhanced binding of gliadin antibodies. Based on this information, assays using deamidated gliadin peptides bearing the celiac-specific epitopes have much higher diagnostic accuracy for celiac disease when compared to standard gliadin antibody assays.


Chronic inflammation is a significant warning sign when it comes to an underlying chronic disease. This type of inflammation can take a toll on the body leading to severe symptoms and changes in hormones.  

You will want to understand the nuances associated with inflammation to get a read on what is going on. 

It is important to stop the cause of inflammation before it gets worse. This will help pinpoint what is going on with the body and how to handle it the right way. The best place to start is with inflammation blood tests. 

Inflammation lab tests are essential when it comes to making the right choices for your health.  

Let's learn more about inflammation and the lab tests for inflammation. 

Defining Inflammation  

Inflammation is associated with the immune system and its response to foreign substances or antigens. When the body builds inflammation, it sends white blood cells to target a specific concern within the body. 

This doesn't always happen for the right reason and can be abnormal depending on what the immune system is targeting. A good example would be autoimmune diseases. These are conditions where the immune system targets an organ system or the body's own cells by mistake, thereby hurting the body.  

In most cases, inflammation is supposed to be acute (short-term), but it can become chronic (long-term). Acute inflammation will only go on for a few days before leveling off. However, chronic inflammation can last for years. 

Risk Factors for Inflammation 

Inflammation is caused by the immune system targeting a foreign invader in the body. This can happen for several things, especially with long-term inflammation.  

These can include:   

  • Smoking 
  • Drinking Alcohol 
  • Constant Stress 
  • Unhealthy Weight Gain 
  • Irregular Physical Activity 
  • Imbalanced Diet 

An unhealthy lifestyle can become a real concern for those dealing with inflammation. You will want to make sure to tackle this concern head-on by making changes to your lifestyle. 

Causes of Inflammation 

As soon as your body starts dealing with inflammation, it is a sign the immune system is working hard to heal the body based on its reaction. This can cause changes to your blood and tissues, causing increased blood flow to that part of the body. This can lead to specific changes, such as warmth and redness in the area affected. 

It can start to worsen as more blood travels to that part of the body, which can also cause leaking to surrounding tissues. When this happens, you will notice an uptick in pain and swelling. This can become severe, along with the resulting symptoms. 

It can get to the point where you feel as if the body is constantly inflamed. You will want to understand the long-term symptoms associated with something like this and start getting yourself tested. 

Key Symptoms of Inflammation 

There are specific symptoms to look out for when it comes to inflammation in the human body. 

These can include: 

  • Redness 
  • Joint Paint 
  • Swollen Joints 
  • Fatigue 
  • Chills 
  • Joint Stiffness 
  • Fever 
  • Headaches 

It is common for people not to notice these symptoms until it gets to the joints. This is why looking at your energy levels is a must. This can help pinpoint an undiagnosed case of inflammation.  

Diagnosing Inflammation 

When it comes to inflammatory diseases, it's important to understand how long they can go undiagnosed. Finding out about inflammation quickly is imperative as it can become a chronic issue leading to worsening symptoms that cause quite a lot of damage to the body. 

You will want to speak to a doctor about your symptoms as soon as possible. They will take a look at your family history and medical history before moving forward with a physical. This should help take a deeper look into your condition. They are going to test for stiff joints and check for patterns of inflammation. 

They are also going to take the time to complete bloodwork and imaging. This should help get a read on specific biomarkers associated with inflammation, including sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. X-rays will assist in seeing what is happening under the skin to get a better read on the inflammatory response. This can help a lot when it comes to diagnosing potential long-term conditions. 

Lab Testing to Diagnose, Screen, and Monitor Inflammation 

The lab testing that will be done for inflammation is going to look at specific biomarkers. It is common to have basic tests done to check for inflammation, but you will want to go deeper as a way to see the particular area where the damage has been done. 

Ulta Lab Tests offers an inflammation panel to look at specific biomarkers such as: 

  • Anti-Nuclear Antibody Screen (ANA) - Testing for autoimmunity 
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) - Testing for white blood cells, red blood cells, and platelets in the body 
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) - Testing for electrolytes, proteins, and chemicals in the blood 
  • Gamma-Glutamyl Transferase (CGT) - Focused on testing for enzymes in the body 
  • hs-CRP - Noted marker of inflammation  
  • Iron - Key for oxygen in the blood 
  • Lipid Panel with Ratios - Measures Cholesterol in the Blood 
  • Rheumatoid Factor - Looks at biomarkers for rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune disease) 
  • Sedimentation Rate - Tests how long the blood takes to settle 
  • Uric Acid - Focuses on the waste product in the blood 

This panel is a great way to see what is going on in the bloodstream. It is also possible to order our Inflammation Panel Complete. This goes after additional biomarkers that can help your doctor better read what is going on and pinpoint the source of your inflammation.  

It is important to gather this data and then work with your doctor to develop a customized treatment plan for the condition moving forward. 

Use Ulta Lab Tests for Blood Tests to Detect Inflammation 

You are going to want to get a better read on the underlying signs of inflammation. This starts with simple blood tests to make sure you are not missing specific inflammation signs that could worsen with time. 

By getting the lab tests done with Ulta Lab Tests, you will gain access to accurate data that is focused on what is going on in your body.  

Here are some of the benefits that come along with Ulta Lab Tests: 

  • Confidential and Secure Results 
  • No Health Insurance Needed 
  • No Doctor’s Referral Required 
  • Affordable Rates 
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed 

Get started by ordering your inflammation blood tests right away and get the results within 1-2 days for most tests. 

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