Blood test volume units

DaveC426913

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I just got my blood test back and the numbers have some units I don't recognize, such as E9 and E12.

The printer seems to not be able to handle very sophisticated formatting, for example:
- one unit is listed as "UMOL/L" for Creatinine. I suspect that this is meant to be [tex]\mu[/tex]mols.
- another unit is listed as "mL/min/1.73 m2" for eGFR. I'm pretty sure the "m2" is [tex]m^2[/tex]

So E12 is the unit for my red blood cell count.
And E9 is for white blood cell count, and a bunch of others including neuts, lymph mono, eos, baso.

Anybody know what these units are?

Exponent 9 and Exponent 12 maybe?

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It is, isn't it?

The line item actually says

WBCC (mine: 6.8) (low: 4.0)-( high:11.0) x E9/L

That means I had 6.8x10^9 WBCs per L.
 
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That sounds about right, I can't say I know for sure but I think the numbers only make sense if E9 = [tex]10^{9}[/tex]

So the number of WBC's in a liter of your blood is almost equivalent to the number of people walking around on the earth. :D. Sounds like you are healthy :P
 
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DaveC426913

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Yeah. I'm looking over all my results. They ALL fall nicely in the green. That's especially good for a Diabetic.

OK, all except LDL. I got a 2.84. My doc want to see it under 2.00.
 
I haven't had a blood test for years. I probably should go someday soon.

Oh well on the LDL, let it be motivation :-).
 

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I just got my blood test back and the numbers have some units I don't recognize, such as E9 and E12.

The printer seems to not be able to handle very sophisticated formatting, for example:
- one unit is listed as "UMOL/L" for Creatinine. I suspect that this is meant to be [tex]\mu[/tex]mols.
Correct.
- another unit is listed as "mL/min/1.73 m2" for eGFR. I'm pretty sure the "m2" is [tex]m^2[/tex]
Correct. 1.73 m^2 is average body surface area (hence the figure is normed to the average build). eGFR is estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, a measure of basic kidney function.

So E12 is the unit for my red blood cell count.
And E9 is for white blood cell count, and a bunch of others including neuts, lymph mono, eos, baso.
Exponents to base 10. Neuts = Neutrophils, Lymph = Lymphocytes, Mono = Monocytes, Eos = Eosinophils, Baso = Basophils. All various subtypes of white blood cells. It's called a 'differential count'.
 

DaveC426913

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Correct. 1.73 m^2 is average body surface area (hence the figure is normed to the average build). eGFR is estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate, a measure of basic kidney function.
Yeah. I thought this was interesting - a unit of area. Not a common measurement in biology.

That particular result also has a footnote: "For patients of African descent, the reported eGFR must be multiplied by a correction factor of 1.21."

Perhaps Africans have less skin and it's stretched particularly tightly over their frames...:biggrin:
 
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