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I have lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks My cbc

Patient: I have lost 15 pounds in 4 weeksMy cbc came back asWbc 10Rbc normalMcv 94.2 highMchc 31.9 lowElectrolyte panelEverything normal except anion gap says 9.2 lowRest of cbc all normal



Doctor: Hi.Thanks for your query.Read and understood that you have lost 15 pounds in 4 weeks, and for such a weight loss jus t doing these few blood tests have no role at all.I would like to know few details before I can really comment upon this:- Your age and sex (gender) please.- Any other associated problem like diabetes or any other general illness?- any history of:feverloss of appetitechange in bowel habitsunexplained coughweaknessor any other complaint which you feel related to or unrelated to the weight loss.You have to then go for a battery of investigations meant for unexplained weight loss under the care of a Physician who on clinical evaluation can tell better the direction to go.I hope to get your feedback so that we can discuss further.Yes, please take this seriously.



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Patient: 43 male
Pre diabetic
Anxiety over weight loss
Not as hungry
Had fever from sickness everyone in house had
Have had ribbon stool in past but not all the time
Could this be huge pylori or does this seem like leukemia or cancer in body

Doctor: You have correctly read my mind.
Serious illness has to be excluded by appropriate tests.
Consult you Physician and get all the relevant tests done.
I would suggest you the following to start with and the further tests depending upon the clinical picture and the reports of the ones to be done first.
– X-ray chest
Ultrasonography of the abdomen
Upper GI and lower GI endoscopy
Rest of the reports as per the clinical presentation, physical findings and preliminary reports.
Like CT scan, the cancer markers in the blood and so on.
So please get started.


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Dr. Jimmy Obaji completed his residency in Family Medicine at the University of Manitoba. He currently operates a walk-in-clinic in downtown Toronto.

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