Formal Name: Thrombin Time What is Bleeding Time? Bleeding Time test is to determine how fast your blood clots to stop bleeding. For performing this test, the technician will only make a small puncture on the skin. This test is a basic assessment how well the blood platelets work. The blood platelets are tiny fragments […]

WHAT IS MALARIA? Malaria is caused by by the protozoan parasite Plasmodium. 4 species of Plasmodium (Plasmodium vivax, P. ovale, P. falciparum and P. malariae) cause malaria in the human body. The parasite spreads via mosquito bites (female Anopheles). This can be a deadly disease if left untreated. WHY TEST NEEDED Malaria is a fatal yet […]

Borrelia is a genus of the spirochete phylum. The disease caused by the bacteria is called Lyme disease. HOW THE TEST WORKS The lab test detect two types of antibodies – IgM and IgG. Borrelia IgM antibodies are generally detectable in the blood after about 2-3 weeks to the exposure of the bacteria. IgM level […]

ESR Formal name: Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate How is it used? The erythrocyte sedimentation rate is a relatively simple, inexpensive, non-specific test that has been used to help detect inflammation associated with conditions such as infections, cancers and autoimmune diseases. ESR is said to be non-specific test because an elevated result often indicates the presence of […]