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11 Nov 10 PSA Test by LabCorp

PSA testPSA tests are common for men. A Prostate Specific Antigen (PSA) Test measures the level of PSA in the blood. A blood sample is sent to the laboratory and the amount of PSA in the blood is measured. PSA is produced by prostate cells and the levels in the body can be used to detect disease.

When PSA levels are elevated it’s important for the doctor to find out why. The levels could be high for many reasons, from a bacterial infection to a tumor or cancer in the prostate. So when a standard blood test at my cardiologist showed high PSA levels I got concerned. The first thing I noticed is that even though the blood was drawn in my doctor’s office, it was sent to Lab Corp to be analyzed. It’s the only lab he uses so I had no choice but to use LabCorp. He immediately told me to go see a Urologist.

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There’s only one Urologist that I felt comfortable with, Dr. Bejany in the University of Miami Clinic building. He is not only a friend, but one of the best Urologists in Miami, Florida.

PSA Blood TestWithin a few days I was in his office with the original LabCorp test results showing elevated PSA levels. While he reviewed the results I told him that the test could have been faulty and that I am not confident in the results because it was performed by LabCorp. He said that it’s possible so he had his staff draw blood for another PSA test. I immediately noticed that his office also uses Laboratory Corporation of America for PSA tests.

Prostate Test Digital ExamThe doctor wanted to rule out bacterial infections so he had me fill a cup with urine. That was also marked to be sent to LabCorp. I was then moved into an exam room where he performed a digital exam. After the physical exam he requested that I do a second urine test. From the time of the first test to the second one I had ample time to drink plenty of water. I once again filled another cup of urine and after I gave it to his nurse, she marked that one for LabCorp as well. So far so good as the tests went.

After a week I called the doctors office to see what the test results showed. The nurse on the phone was baffled and kept me on hold for a few minutes. She searched all her files but was unable to provide results. She explained that the person in the office who handled the test was out for the day and that she couldn’t find any of my results. She requested that I call the next day when she’s in the office. That was yesterday.

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Today I eagerly called to get the results. As anyone with the possibility of having a life-altering disease can tell you, every day without results feels like a month. The receptionist on the phone checked my file and put me on hold. I was on hold for a few minutes when she returned and said that she was checking with someone else in the office about my results. After being on hold for another 4 minutes she answered that she was still looking for the PSA test results and once again put me on hold. Knowing the efficiency of this doctor I started to get concerned about what the results showed.

Prostate PSA and Bacteria Test Urine SampleA few minutes went by and the doctor picked up the phone. He told me that the PSA blood test showed my PSA levels dropping since the first PSA test, but they were still above medically acceptable levels. I asked about the possibility of a bacterial infection versus a tumor or cancer and his response was something I was concerned about, the urine tests inexplicably showed no results. It had to happen to me AGAIN, LabCorp screwed up. LabCorp either lost or failed to process both of my urine samples.

Could it be that they intentionally threw out the samples because they know I’m the author of LabCorpSucks.com? That would take too much thinking on their part. From the way they run their operation, it would be giving them too much undeserved credit. Could it be that they just outright SUCK. That makes more sense to me. They not only lost one, but two urine samples. Talk about incompetence.

The doctor decided that it didn’t make sense to have me come in again for another urine test and wait another week. He prescribed antibiotics just in case a bacteria was causing the increased PSA levels. I was then requested to come in next month for another PSA blood test to see if the antibiotics resolved the problem. He was clearly frustrated at the LabCorp PSA test results, or should I say lack thereof. I wasn’t as I know that LabCorp sucks!

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Reader's Comments

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    It safe to say as a past employee of the company in a cancer office that you are really upset over this. I do understand.I would stay on top of my test after this incident. And yes you are absoulutley correct, your physician uses the levels to see how well your treatment is doing and would need to adjust or regroup in a hurry if they increase ever so high.

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    If you want to get read, this is how you slhuod write.

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    I just took my mom to one right here in Pleasantville nj 08232.
    She had to get blood work and a urine sample done.
    I got there at 10:15am signed in and sat down and waited for them to call my mom’s name they were packed. So after i saw one lady walk out in frustration from the long wait i just watched the wendy williams show they had on the tv.
    Well the show ended and now it was 10:50am
    then they called my mom’s name so to the counter i went. I told the lady that she was here for blood and urine tests and i would need a kit for her urine. We lived close by and my mom can not pee in the cup with out help but at home i have what i call the pee catcher that fits on under the toiliet top.
    So the lady hands me the urine cup without a bag. Then i ask her if i can have a bag then she hands it to me. So after a few minutes she calls my mom back haanding me the paperwork. My mom’s in a wheelchair so i roll her back to the room. I help my mom as her caregiver that i am and help to the seat to get her blood. So i put the paper work on the counter and the lady tech took it. I asked the about he urine sample and said i would bring it back. I asked her if there was anything that she had to put on her sample bag maybe a sticker or something she said no that everything was ok. Well i come back at 3:57pm they close at 4pm. So i run it in and as i get to the desk I explain that iam dropping off the urine for my mom. They then ask me for the paper work I tell them that i have no paper work and that the tech gave me nothing that shee had all the papers the tech standing there Says to the lady at the desk that maybe she remebers me. I say to her it is me and i was here with my mom and did ask you if i needed anything. i was getting upset and the tech looked at me and said sir I believe you but we have to make sure.
    Then another tech tells me to sign in. I do and then the lady says to me that she has to find the paper work. I then tell her about everything that i did and the times we arived and when she called me up. So after sh looks through some papers she walks away from the desk for a couple minutes and then puts on some gloves and takes the specimen bag from me. I said to her that now you believe me right. She said you did your part and you can go now. So I walk out the door and right behind me is the lady locking the door behind me.

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    Within a few days I was in his office with the original LabCorp test results showing elevated PSA levels. While he reviewed the results I told him that the test could have been faulty and that I am not confident in the results because it was performed by LabCorp. He said that it’s possible so he had his staff draw blood for another PSA test. I immediately noticed that his office also uses Laboratory Corporation of America for PSA tests.

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    You may hear a doctor say you have a normal PSA reading. This means the results of a blood test showed normal levels of prostate specific antigens in your blood. You may know that a high PSA reading can indicate a risk for prostate cancer and other health problems. So you may wonder, exactly what is a normal reading, and what it means for your health.

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    Any urine collected in the office would be ran in the office 99% of the time for a urinalysis. If the UA comes back with positives for red blood cells, leukocytes or nitrites it would then be sent to the lab for a microscopic and or urine culture. In other words, I highly doubt this was sent to the lab and certainly not two samples becauase your insurance would not pay for such things as duplicate testing.

    As usual you are making assumptions about processes you know nothing about and for those who do know you sound foolish in your logic and thinking and it makes anything else I read on this blog that much harder to believe. We have over 28,000 employees and over 400,000 samples a day. If you have 20 unhappy former employees and 50 patients who feel they have been mistreated or not given adequate service, I think that is a pretty good ratio even though we try and keep it at zero, it is an impossibility. Most companies would love statistics such as these. I think this is totally overblown to justify your issues with this company and you sir have failed to make a case.

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    You may hear a doctor say you have a normal PSA reading. This means the results of a blood test showed normal levels of prostate specific antigens in your blood. You may know that a high PSA reading can indicate a risk for prostate cancer and other health problems. So you may wonder, exactly what is a normal reading, and what it means for your health.

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    Maybe those lost urine samples from seniors with known list of drugs they are on are sold as clean samples for dirty ones. The lab employees take payola so the recreational drug using employees at safety sensitive jobs can keep working. Why do they schedule drug testing in the afternoon after general public visits in the morning. Just a hunch.

    elpedio.

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    Miss lovin lab corp… Whatever!!! Beg to differ, NO urine specimens are tested where I work . All specimens are sen tout to Lab Corp, even a simple UA . Get your facts straight… Lovin You Mr. Lab Corp sucks… Boy could I tell you some stories. Unreal!!! Wishing Osha would drop by and and any other governing agency’s. I have folder full of proof. Saving it for a rainy day. Coffee?



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