Lactate Dehydrogenase

Lactate dehydrogenase (LD, LDH) is an enzyme that is found in all cells in all tissues of the body. It catalyzes the reversible conversion of lactate to pyruvic acid in glycolysis and gluconeogenesis. It is released from various anatomical sites of the body in response to cellular injury and damage. It is used as a … Continue reading Lactate Dehydrogenase

Hemoglobin A1C and Diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a metabolic disorder which is characterized by an elevated blood sugar level over a prolonged period of time. Type 1 diabetes is often referred to as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. There is loss of the insulin producing cells in the pancreatic islets called the beta cells. This leads to insulin … Continue reading Hemoglobin A1C and Diabetes

Urinalysis

A urinalysis is exactly what the name entails. An analysis of a patients urine. A urinalysis is a fairly common test that may be ordered as part of an annual physical or part of diagnostic testing. It can be used as an evaluation of UTIs, Diabetes Mellitus, kidney disease, kidney stones, proteinuria, rhabdomyolysis, liver disease, … Continue reading Urinalysis

Blood Draw Tube Colors and Order

The tube order may not seem like a big deal and may seem unnecessary to some, but it is very important to pay attention too. It also matters as to what type of needle is being used for the draw. If a butterfly needle is being used it is important to have a spit tube … Continue reading Blood Draw Tube Colors and Order

Case Study Mini-Series; Diagnostic Process and Treatment

Diagnostic workup of a suspected patient with APL should include a case history and physical examination with focus on bleeding tendencies, recurrent infections and anemic symptoms such as fatigue or pallor. A complete blood count with a differential should be performed. During a peripheral blood smear the technologist should be looking for abnormal promyelocytes with … Continue reading Case Study Mini-Series; Diagnostic Process and Treatment