Monday, June 20, 2011

The Results

I know a lot of you have been asking about the results.  I am going to do my best to simplify and explain what I have figured out the results to mean.

Biopsy Results
-negative for Helicobacter Phylori (bacteria infection)
-no signs of celiac's disease
-rare EOS (eosinophils) count of 2 in esophagus; results must be higher to diagnose as Esophagitis; could be caused by GERD (reflux) or allergies

Lab Work Results
-CBC panel showed elevated MCV (mean corpuscular volume) which measure the avg. size of your red blood cells; larger in size; probably resulting from a deficiency in vitamin B12
-CBC panel showed elevated EOS (eosinophils); type of white blood cell that react to allergic responses and resist some infections; this may be caused by parasites, blood disorders, immunologic disorders, allergic drug interactions, & endocrine disorders; not sure if any of these are likely to be causes in children
-CBC panel showed elevated HGB (hemoglobin) & HCT (hematocrit); HGB measure the amt. of oxygen carrying proteins in blood; HCT measures the % of red blood cells in a given volume; this could be caused by fluid loss due to diarrhea or dehydration
-Celiac panel showed decreased IgA (immunoglobulin gamma A) proteins that act like antibodies from secretions from respiratory & intestinal mucosa;
-RAST panel showed food allergies: moderate for eggs; low for milk and walnuts

The doctor reordered the CBC panel and ordered a quantitative panel for the IgA, IgG, IgM & IgE.  We have begun the process of getting into an allergist to get a more extensive opinion and testing.  I am suspecting we are going to find a lot more allergies and that the blood work is just pointing to that. The RAST panel was only for eggs, milk, shellfish, nuts, corn, and a few others.

This is mostly based on my studies from the internet and deciphering the dr's lovely penmanship. The lab work takes about 2 weeks, so I am sure I will have an update in the next few weeks.

Update on Leona
Leona had started the Prefacid soon after the endoscopy and had a terrible time with abdominal pains, vomitting, nausea, and diarreha, so we have taken her off.  She is doing much better now.  We are awaiting to try Nexium if she gets bad again.

1 comment:

  1. Good job decipering the labs! You could be a nurse!!