BLOOD TESTS FOR DOWN SYNDROME

Many parents ask for a list of Essential Pathology Tests for their child with Down Syndrome. We have meticulously gone through all available tests in Australia and come up with this list.

The “Essential Tests” includes Routine Blood Tests which are available from your General Practitioner plus a couple of extras. Essential Tests are covered by Medicare with a couple of exceptions like Reverse T3 (which is around $80).

The list is long because having an extra chromosome has an impact on many biological systems. We can order any of these tests for you during a consultation. But if you request tests through us you pay, as we aren’t eligible for Medicare. Some of the tests such as the FBE – Full blood examination are only $25.00 so you don’t have to pay alot. But if you can request them from your GP even better for you!

ESSENTIAL TESTS

Routine Pathology Analyses

Full Blood Examination – FBE, ESR

Electrolytes – Na, K, HCO3, Urea, eGFR, creatinine

Liver Function Tests – ALT, ALP, GGT, Albumin, Total Protein, Bilirubin

Lipid Profile – Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL, LDL, Risk ratios

Insulin 

Iron Studies – Iron, Ferritin, Transferrin, Transferrin Saturation

Thyroid Profile

Thyroid Profile – Extensive TSH, free T4, free T3; reverse T3, ratios, TPO Ab, ATG Ab, TSH Receptor Abs (serum)

Nutrients

Vitamin A, E – Vitamin A, E (blood)

Vitamin D – 25 hydroxy Vitamin D (blood)

Vitamin D – (1,25) 1,25 dihydroxy Vitamin D (calcitriol)(blood)

Selenium, Zinc (red cell) – Selenium (EDTA) Zinc (Na Heparin)

Red Cell Minerals – Ca, Cr, K, Mg, Na, Se, Zn

Thyroid Essential Cofactors – Tyrosine, Iodine, Selenium (urine)

Basic Methylation

MTHFR C667T & A1298C SNPs (blood)

Homocysteine (blood)

Candida Test

Candida Antibodies/ Antigen Candida – IgG, IgA, IgM, Candida Antigen (blood)

Adrenal Profile

Adrenocortex Stress Profile – Basic DHEAs (6-8am), Cortisol (6-8am, noon, 4pm, 8pm)(saliva)

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OPTIONAL TESTS

Stool

Comprehensive Digestive Stool – Macro & Micro description, bacteria, yeasts, parasites (stool)

Organic Acids – Metabolic, Citric Acid, Fatty Acid,Methylation,Pollutants (urine)

Hair Mineral Analysis Level 1, 2 – Hair minerals/ toxic metals (hair test kit)

Amino Acids (plasma/ urinary)  – 37 amino acids (blood or urine)

Neurotransmitters – Serotonin, GABA, Dopamine, Noradrenaline, Adrenaline, Glutamate, ratio (urine)

GI Tests

Gastrin (low B12 from pernicious anaemia, low stomach acid)

Zonulin (Gut permeability) (blood)

Secretory IgA (mucous lining of gut) (saliva)

Pancreatic Elastase 1 (PE 1)(stool)

Food Sensitivity Tests

ALCAT Intolerance Test 50 – 200 foods, chemicals, moulds, herbs (ALCAT test kit)

Gluten Sensitivity Genetic Test – HLA-DQB1 Molecular Analysis (buccal swab)

Methylation Tests

Methylation Profile – SAMe, SAH, 5MTHFR, Folinic acid, THF (methylation kit)

Folate Metabolism Profile – 5MTHF, Folinic Acid, THF, active B12, serum folate, Homocysteine (methylation kit)

Methionine Metabolism Profile – SAMe, SAH, SAME:SAH ratio, active B12, serum folate, Homocysteine, Methionine (methylation kit)

Glutathione, oxidised GSSG (blood)

Glutathione, reduced GSH (blood)

Liver Detoxification

Liver Detoxification Profile – Phase 1 Detoxification/ Phase 2 Detoxification (liver test kit)

Inflammation/ Oxidative Damage

Oxidative Damage Markers – 8-OHdg, Allantoin, Carbonyl Proteins, MDA

Cytokine Panel – GM-CSF, IFNy, IL-1B, IL-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-6, IL-7, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12, IL-13, TNFa (blood)

Pfieffer Protocol

Kryptopyrroles – HPL (hydroxyhemo pyrrolin-2-one)(urine)

Histamine (blood)

Hormone Tests

Sleep Profile – Cortisol (12-2am), melatonin (12-2pm) (saliva)

Growth Hormone (blood)

IGF-1 & IGF-BP-3 – Insulin-like Growth Factor 1, Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein 3 (blood)

GastroIntestinal Analyses

Parasitology Profile (stool)

Clostridium difficile (stool)

Helicobacter Pylori (stool)

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