Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase Blood Test
Test Code: 001115
Specimen Type: Blood
Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase Blood Test (Labcorp)
This test measures Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase (LDH) in the blood. LDH is an enzyme found in most cells in the body. Typically, only a small amount of LDH is detectable in the blood. When cells are damaged, LDH is released into the blood causing levels to rise. Measuring LDH levels can indicate if there is tissue damage somewhere in the body. Conditions which can result in sin elevated LDH levels include anemia, meningitis, mononucleosis, HIV, sepsis, liver disease, kidney disease, muscle injury, broken bones and some types of cancers.
An LDH blood test is typically ordered along with a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) when a person is suspected of having a disease which causes tissue damage. Because an LDH test cannot identify where in the body the damage is, follow up testing will usually be necessary. LDH may also be used to monitor treatment for conditions such as cancer.
Turnaround time for the Lactic Acid Dehydrogenase test is typically 1 business day.
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