Anemia and Disorders Blood Tests

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Lethargy 1. A lowered level of consciousness, with drowsiness, listlessness, and apathy. Lethargy is a fairly imprecise description of the feeling or slowness, sluggishness, tiredness, or lack of energy. Lethargy in common usage may mean many things, including fatigue, drowsiness (sleepiness), lethargy, tiredness, malaise, listlessness, or weakness (including muscular weakness). The causes of these other similar symptoms also need to be investigated in researching a symptom of lethargy. Nevertheless, any type of lethargy symptom can indicate a serious medical condition and needs prompt medical investigation. Diagnosis of Lethargy * Blood tests * Full blood count and ESR * Electrolytes including calcium and magnesium -…show more content…
* CBC * CRP * Ferritin, iron saturation * LFT- liver disease * Creatinine with eGFR * Electrolytes * Calcium, phosphate * TSH- Thyroid dsy function * Fasting glucose – Type 2 diabetes * Urinalysis- Renal impairment * ANA Comments: This wide range of test reflects the increased risk that older people have of many diseases and the difficulty of reaching a diagnosis in chronic tiredness. http://www.bpac.org.nz/resources/campaign/tiredness/bpac_tiredness_clinical_audit_wv.pdf Pallor Pallor is abnormal paleness or loss of skin color, which may develop suddenly or gradually. Although generalized pallor affects the entire body, it's most apparent on the face, conjunctiva, oral mucosa, and nail beds. Localized pallor commonly affects a single limb. How easily pallor is detected varies with skin color and the thickness and vascularity of underlying subcutaneous tissue. At times, it's merely a subtle lightening of skin color that may be difficult to detect in dark-skinned persons; sometimes it's evident only on the conjunctiva and oral mucosa. Causes of Paleness: The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of Paleness. There are likely to be other possible causes, so ask your doctor about your symptoms. * Stress * Physical exertion * Lack of sun exposure * Normal genetic variation * Illness * Fever * Some causes of sudden pallor include: * Fainting * Shock *
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