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When Do I Need to Undergo a LFT ?

Liver testing for diseases is also carried out during pregnancy (ideally at the planning stage), before surgery and a course of treatment involving the administration of potent drugs.

When can an LFT test be required? It is recommended to regularly examine the most important organs and systems of the body for prophylactic purposes. But there are a number of symptoms that signal that verification is required as quickly as possible. Thus, the liver should be examined immediately if you notice the following signs of organ dysfunction:

Discomfort in the lower pair of ribs on the right is one of the first manifestations of liver problems. Barely noticeable nagging pains, tingling may accompany unusual sensations and a feeling of constriction or overcrowding in the area of the liver. Usually, they make themselves felt when laughing, talking loudly or shouting, sneezing, sharp sideways, lifting weights, as well as after eating fatty, smoked, fried or spicy foods. At first, a new feeling may not cause pain or tangible discomfort- in this case; they also say: “I found out where the liver is.” This is a reason to be wary, because even mild symptoms may indicate the initial stage of the serious hepatic disease.

The liver is enlarged. The change in the dimensions of the main gland is accurately recorded by ultrasound, but you can notice the changes yourself. This will indicate a bulging belly without an increase in overall fullness and with virtually no weight gain. The especially noticeable symptom in people with thin physique.

Unpleasant taste in the mouth. Patients with chronic liver problems have a constant dry mouth and bitterness on the tongue, sometimes with a characteristic flavor that is defined as “copper.” At the same time, an astringent feeling is noted in the mouth; taste sensations are reduced. Habitual food can cause rejection, even nausea and the urge to vomit.

Weight loss on the background of the asthenic syndrome. This symptom is largely a consequence of the previous one. Food rejection, loss of taste, nausea lead to a decrease in diet, which leads to weight loss. At the same time, the patient complains of unreasonable irritability, as well as weakness, drowsiness, fatigue, because the body's energy requirements are not met, and the toxic effects of impaired nitrogenous (protein) metabolism greatly increase- with an increased concentration of ammonia in the blood, secondary (hepatic) hyperammonemia occurs.

Jaundice is a common complex of symptoms, which is expressed in the yellowness of the skin, mucous membranes and whites of the eyes, as well as in dark urine, itching, and peeling of the skin, in chills, bone, and joint pain, and is caused by problems with the liver.

What does a liver function test reveal?

  •         The fact of the disease, its degree, the level of liver failure;
  •         The presence and degree of histological (cellular) changes in the structure of the liver tissue, such as fibrosis and cirrhosis of the liver;
  •         Diagnosis of specific liver diseases - viral and autoimmune hepatitis, fatty hepatosis.

 

Kidney Function Test- When You Should Go For It!

Kidneys are fragile like other parts of the body. Due to their worsening the body's anatomy deteriorates, therefore it is necessary to take special care of them. By adopting many small things, kidney disease can be avoided. As the world progresses, as the number of people suffering from kidney disease is increasing in the country. How many people are suffering from this disease in our country can be judged naturally.

To know the state of kidney function, a set of biochemical tests are made from blood and urine samples collected during 24 hours, together with the observation of the urinary sediment under a microscope.

These tests help the doctor to focus well on the diagnosis and treatment of a disease.

For the correct sampling of urine for 24 hours, the first urination should be discarded at 08:00 hours, collecting all urine for the next 24 hours in a suitable sterile container, which can be supplied by the hospital or purchased from a drugstore.

How Can I Know If I Have Kidney Disease?

In general, kidney disease in its initial stage has no symptoms. The only way to know how well your kidneys are working is to undergo tests. Have a checkup of kidney disease if you suffer from:

  •         Diabetes
  •         High blood pressure
  •         Heart disease

The Family History of Kidney Failure

If you have diabetes, get a checkup every year. If you feel pain from high blood pressure, heart disease or have a family history of kidney failure, talk with your doctor about how often you should have it evaluated. The sooner you know you have kidney disease, the sooner you can get treatment to help protect your kidneys.

How Is Kidney Function Test Done?

The KFT testis a standard blood-based test. It contains several parameters that show the health of the kidneys. The Kidney Function Test Report includes the typical limitations of kidney parameters. A phlebotomist or a technician will take a blood sample from you for this test. It can also be arranged for collection from home. The result comes within 24 hours.

How Is Kidney Function Test Done?

The Kidney Function Test is a standard blood-based test. It contains several parameters that show the health of the kidneys. The Kidney Function Test Report includes the typical limitations of kidney parameters. A phlebotomist or a technician will take a blood sample from you for this test. It can also be arranged for collection from home. The result comes within 24 hours.

What Is Done During The Kidney Function Test?

During the kidney function test, technicians remove blood samples from the patient's body; in the process, bandage or elastic bands are banded on the upper side of the patient. After that where the injection needle is to be applied, the place is cleaned by antiseptic, and after that, the needle is inserted in the vein from the inside of the skin. After this, a sampling of blood is taken through the needle, which is stored in the syringe, vial or tube attached to the needle and taken to the laboratory for its analysis. When a needle is applied, it may feel a little prick or pain. After the needle is removed, the doctor places cotton wool on it or puts the bandage to prevent it from bleeding. A needle spot may have blue marks for a few days, although it does not cause severe and chronic pain.

3HCare- One Stop Solution to All Your Healthcare Needs

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What makes us different?

Founded by Dr. Ruchi Gupta, 3HCare has been established with the sole motive of giving patients an access to the finest diagnostic lab. The feature that makes us stand apart from others in the healthcare industry is our information on the path lab nearest to the patients’ location. Yes, we will book your appointments with the nearest diagnostic center, so that you do not have to travel long distances and face any hassles.  All you need to do is to let us know about your specific location/area and we will come up with the best lab.

To offer our customers an added advantage, we do offer discounts on our services. You can expect to get up to 50% discount, depending upon the tests to be done. Rest, a minimum of 10% discount is available on almost every test.      

3 Major Blood Tests and Their Importance      

  • Lipid profile- Lipid profile is basically a panel of different tests that helps in examining the abnormalities in lipids. It measures the triglycerides, Low Density Lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol and total cholesterol. The test is important to identify the risk of any cardiovascular disease and pancreatitis.   
  • Liver Function Test (LFT) - This particular test determines the health of your liver. It helps in diagnosing liver infections, cirrhosis and measures the levels of liver enzymes & proteins.  Liver Function Test is significant to ensure that your liver is functioning properly and maintaining balance in hormones.  
  • Kidney Function Test (KFT) - Any issues in kidney are identified in this test. It examines the presence of protein in the urine and production of creatinine in your blood. For this, the urine sample of the patient is collected and is checked for any kidney abnormalities. If the check-up is not done on time, it may result into failure of your kidney.

Besides this, the other tests include Thyroid Function Test (TFT), Haemogram, stool routine examination, blood grouping & Rh typing, Pulmonary Function Test (PFT), mammography, USG of abdomen and many others. We can customize the health package for you according to the tests you require at the most competitive price. Since our customer support crew works round-the-clock to serve the patients, you can approach us even at the odd hours. Stay strong, stay healthy! 

What is a DTPA Renal Scan? It's Cost, Results And Side Effects

DTPA Scan Cost 

Cost differs from one centre to other based on various reasons. 3Hcare assures you of providing best price for your DTPA renal scan. Search for the test on our portal, compare price and book test in lab of your choice. 

DTPA Scan Full Form 

DTPA scan full form is Diethylenetriamine Pentaacetic Acid. 

What is DTPA Renogram Scan?

DTPA is a radiopharmaceutical used in a DTPA renal scan. It is basically a medicine.

A DTPA renal scan is done to check the supply of the blood, the excretion and the function of the urine from the kidneys. This test finds out the contribution of each kidney towards the functioning of the kidneys in totality. This DTPA scan results help in the evaluation of-

DTPA Renal Scan

 

  •         The functioning of the renal tubular and perfusion (the methodology using which the circulation of the body fluids take place in            the kidneys)
  •         Reno vascular hypertension(arteries of the kidneys having high blood pressure)
  •         Renal Artery Stenosis (the arteries taking blood to the kidneys become narrow)
  •         Renal tubular damage or obstruction and trauma(ureters become blocked or interrupted)
  •         Renal transplant function and perfusion

DTPA Renal Scan Test Costs

How should you prepare for the test?

Prior to getting the scanning done you should have a lot of fluid to drink and should be well hydrated. You need to stop the medications of your blood pressure 4 to 7 days prior to getting your test done.

For acquiring more information about the test, you need to either consult the department of the nuclear medicine or the doctor where your scan is planned. They would give you the instructions required for the test.

What happens during a DTPA Renal Scan?

For ensuring that you are well hydrated, you’ll be given some water to drink prior to the scan. Your height and weight will also be measured.

You will be made to lie on a scanning bed. A gamma camera would be placed under your bed. It’ll be important for you to remain still as any kind of a movement would make the images blur. This would also make the scan results poor. This imaging will in no way hurt you.

An injection will be given into your vein through the cannula inserted into your vein. The radiopharmaceutical is injected through this cannula. This gets detected by the gamma camera providing a clear image of the Kidneys. Through the same cannula another injection would be given. This would be given after the scanning of 15 minutes. This injection reduces the reabsorption of the water by the kidneys and helps the kidneys to form more urine. Also the flow of urine increases through the ureters. This helps in seeing the obstruction that arises in the ureters.

How should you prepare for the test?

After effects of the Renal Scan

There aren’t any after effects but if the dosage of Diuretic (Furosemide) is given to you for increasing the flow of your Urine, you will often feel thirsty and would have the craving of drinking water often so that you don’t become dehydrated. For emptying your bladder often you’ll have to frequently go to the toilet.

How much time does the Renal Scan Last?

Since the rate of the functioning of the kidney varies from individual to individual therefore the time also varies from individual to individual though normally it takes about 30 to 60 minutes.

Side Effects of DTPA Scan

Small dosage of the ionising radiation is given very similar to the imaging tests. This small dosage being very similar to the other types of imaging tests does not have risks.