Childhood Diseases

Question
Posted by: Daisy | 2010-02-08

Q.

TB Test and other blood tests

Hi Doc

Our daughter had bronchitis last year Aug and was given nebuliser with Combivent &  cortisone. She recovered and seemed fine. Our Paed advised that we should re xray her in Jan which we have done. The xray again showed a bit of swelling on the lungs and we were ordered to do a tb test. The tb test came back negative but now our paed has asked for Uric Acid, Protein Toal, LDH and FBC + ESR blood tests. Our Paed is ourt of the country so we are not able to ask what all these blood tests could possibly be for.

Could you kindly advise what the possible cause could be for all these blood tests. Our daughter is otherwise fine no coughing or fever or anything

Expert's Reply

A.

Paediatrician

The FBC and ESR would be done to try to establish whether an infection is present or not.Total protein may be reduced in chronic lung conditions. LDH is elevated in some forms of chronic lung infection and uric acid may sometimes be raised in children with certain forms of chronic chest conditions.

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