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ISO online reference ranges for maternal bloodwork

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My texts are at my office, an hour away--and I won't be going there for another few days. And I just got a question I can't answer off the top of my head:

A mama is concerned (well, it's her dh) because she had an insurance physical w/labs during late pregnancy, and the report came back with surprising high values in cholesterol, triglycerides, a couple other things. This mama is very healthy, and has never had an issue before with these things. I'm thinking that the reference range used was NOT for pregnancy, and basically gave 'false positives' on these things. At the moment, her insurance co is stalling, telling her that she is 'high risk'--and worse, dh is very worried about her.

Not that there is really any rush on it (baby is born and all is well), but it occurred to me that maybe there is an online resource we can look at, that has ref ranges for pregnancy. Anyone have a link to share, or a suggested search term?

thanks
post #2 of 7
Someone in my school recently recommended this page: http://www.perinatology.com/Referenc...or%20Serum.htm

I haven't actually used it yet myself, or compared it to any reference books, but hopefully it will be helpful!
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This site is AWESOME! thanks so much. As I suspected, that mama's serum values are all perfectly healthy for 3rd trimester.

LOVE love love MDC! And you, for answering me so fast, of course
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You're welcome! Glad I could help

(and I'm glad I bookmarked that site when a fellow student recommended it, lol)
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Originally Posted by Mama2Xander View Post
You're welcome! Glad I could help

(and I'm glad I bookmarked that site when a fellow student recommended it, lol)


Yeah, I'm very glad too. That made my little task so quick and easy. I'd never really looked into things like triglycerides and cholesterol for pregnancy--so seeing her numbers gave me a double take. But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that as healthy as that mom is, it just HAD to be the wrong reference range used by the lab.
post #6 of 7
Otherwise healthy people can have high cholesterol and triglycerides. But it does help to use the correct reference ranges when determining that.
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Otherwise healthy people can have high cholesterol and triglycerides. But it does help to use the correct reference ranges when determining that.
Yes, on both counts...individuals do vary, and we are astonishingly able to live well with certain aspects of our biochemistry being 'off the charts' in some way. And yeah--using the correct ref range is the best place to start!
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