• Test Code - PL0119
  • Test Name - Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH)
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  • Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) test is done to help detect a condition causing tissue damage, such as a blood or liver disease, and to monitor its progress to help stage, determine prognosis, or response to treatment of certain cancers to help evaluate body fluid (other than blood).

  • Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) test is performed along with other tests when a doctor suspects that you have an acute or chronic condition that is causing tissue or cellular destruction sometimes when you have been diagnosed with cancer when you have symptoms of meningitis or have fluid accumulation in a specific part of your body.

  • A blood sample drawn from a vein in your arm sometimes a special procedure may be performed to collect a sample of body fluid from an affected area of the body.

  • No preparation is needed for a Lactate Dehydrogenase (LDH) test.

  • Elevated levels of LD usually indicate some type of tissue damage. LD levels typically will rise as the cellular destruction begins, peak after some time period, and then begin to fall. LD levels are elevated in a wide variety of conditions, reflecting its widespread tissue distribution.

  • A high LD in the blood may indicate that treatment for cancer (e.g., chemotherapy) has not been successful. A high level is predictive of a poorer outlook for survival for those with cancer. With some chronic and progressive conditions, moderately elevated LD blood levels may persist.

  • Low and normal levels of LD do not usually indicate a problem. Low levels are sometimes seen when someone ingests large amounts of ascorbic acid (vitamin C).


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