Laboratory Tests

120. Normal Laboratory Values

A listing of normal values for commonly used laboratory tests.

[Revised: April 26, 2007]

121. Complete Blood Count (CBC)

A description of the laboratory tests included in a complete blood count (CBC).

[Revised: May 13, 2007]

122. Chemistry Panel

A description of the laboratory tests normally included in a chemistry panel, plus electrolytes and kidney and liver function tests.

[Revised: April 12, 2007]

123. Blood Sugar and Fats

A description of the laboratory tests for blood levels of fats (triglycerides and cholesterol) and sugar (glucose).

[Revised: June 25, 2007]

124. CD4 (T-cell) Tests

A description of CD4 cell tests, how they are done, and what the results mean. Which diseases appear at various CD4 cell levels.

[Revised: February 20, 2007]

125. Viral Load Tests

A description of viral load tests, how they are done, and what the results mean.

[Revised: September 5, 2006]

126. HIV Resistance Testing

A description of genotypic and phenotypic tests for viral resistance, how they are used, and what the results mean.

[Revised: May 12, 2007]

127. Monitoring Drug Levels

Therapeutic drug monitoring means testing blood to measure how much of a drug is present. Unusual drug levels might explain high levels of side effects, or treatment failure.

[Revised: April 12, 2007]

128. Body Composition Tests

A description of the types of body composition tests, how and why they are used, and what results mean.

[Revised: June 25, 2007]

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