Vitamin A Blood Test
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Latest Edit: Hector 2014-03-21 (EDT)
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- This test measures the amount of retinol in the blood.
- Retinol is the primary form of vitamin A in animals.
- Vitamin A is an essential nutrient that is required for healthy vision, skin growth and integrity, bone formation, immune function, and embryonic development.
- It is required to produce photoreceptors in the eyes and to maintain the lining of the surface of the eyes and other mucous membranes.
- Deficiencies in vitamin A can lead to impaired night vision, cause eye damage, and in severe cases lead to blindness.
- Fasting is required.
High levels indicate:
Low levels indicate:
- Celiac disease
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Crohn disease
- Cystic fibrosis
- Chronic pancreatitis
- Liver disease
- Complete blood count (CBC), CMP, Vitamin B12 Blood Test and Folate, Vitamin D Blood Test, Iron, Retinol-binding protein
- Pagana Kathleen D, Pagana Timothy J (2006) Mosby's Manual of Diagnostic and Laboratory Tests, Mosby.
- Weatherby Dicken, Ferguson Scott (2002) Blood Chemistry and CBC Analysis: Clinical Laboratory Testing from a Functional Perspective, Bear Mountain.