by catherine (2832 Posts), Wed Mar 24, 2004 10:21 pm
OK guys I hate to disappoint. It surely isn't my business to second guess the esteemed MDs who did so well by you.. and I won't. I will suggest that you check out Laura's links to test data "normals" for pregnant women... help me Ms"Lauramuller" the artist previously known as
The Uric acid value is a measure of kidney damage, alkaline phosphatase would be liver but not terribly specific, bilirubin is liver associated also, maybe gall bladder too, not quite sure of the relevance of the neutrophils because they are immune cells and so not really relevant (so far as I know... about as far as you can throw a stick) and then platelets, a good value because I don't think that anything higher than 150 is considered immediately a cause for concern. However, if you had subsequent blood draws and the number was tending downwards, I guess that wouldn't be considered a good sign.
The important thing to remember here is:
a) sometimes different hospitals do different tests, this will reflect local "protocols", basic measures that the services will do (eg. OB/GYN) to screen for different conditions and will also reflect what the chemistry lab onsite is certified to perform. So if you got moved from one hospital to another.. you might find that they ran different tests. An MD can certainly move from the significance of one from another but I can't.
b) these are excellent jumping off points to ask for explanations from your OBs when consulting about future plans. Things like.. why did you put/ was this note put in my chart? What were you anticipating? Is there any benefit in looking at these values now? Did everything go back to normal? If it didn't, should I be worried in the context of my general health? What if I want to have another baby?
Sorry, that I'm not more help. I'm not trying to CMA, it's just that there is a huge gulf between what I vaguely understand and practicing good medicine LOL!
Mom to Finn, Lucy (preeclampsia and HELLP) and Chloe.
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