TESTS IMPLANTED WOMEN MAY NEED

(I am still researching this subject, and will add more as I discover what they are.

Feel free to print this page to take to your Doctors, and if you would like to use this on your site, you are very welcome. We need to get this information out to the ladies! EMAIL ME if you know about more tests that I may add to this information.)

Laboratory evalution should consist of the following:


CBC - This test is to see whether or not the patient is anemic,  which mean low blood.  Patient is also to be checked to see if there is any abnormaility of the patient's clotting mechanism and determine if she has a low or high white cell count.  The  reason for this is that the diseases which are being investigated,  many times will cause a low grade anemia or abnormalities in the white cell count.


SMA - This test consists of about twenty tests determining any abnormalities in kidney function,  liver function,  heart studies or muscle studies.  If the patient has one of the major arthritides that is being looked for (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis,  Lupus or Scleroderma,)  the patient may have involvement of the major organ systems.


RHEUMATOID FACTOR - This test is to primarily screen for Rheumatoid Arthritis.  It is also  found in some of the other illnesses such as lupus or scleroderma or the early  auto-immune diseases.


IMMUNOGLOBULIN - This test consists of IgG,  IgA and IgM.  These are responsible for your   defense system.  In more simple terms, your defense system is what determines how you   will respond to infections.  In silicome patients,  it's been found that the silicone  stimulates the immunoglobulin and it usually makes the levels high.  That's an  indication that there is an abnormality in your immune system most likely from  silicone.


ANA PROFILE - Represents antinuclear antibody.  It is a protein that is found primarily in  the blood and it is an indicator of multiple different auto-immune or early auto-immune  diseases.  Primarily lupus or scleroderma or early auto-immune disease will give the patient a positive ANA.  It is usually recorded in titer, which means numbers anywhere  from 40 up to the 1000s.  Only about 5% of the healthy normal population will have a  positive ANA.  If the ANA is recorded as positive, it represents the fact that silicone  is stimulating the immune system in an abnormal way.  In the report one may notice where it may be stated that there is a certain pattern such as speckled or homogeneous. It does not have any significant relevance to the patient.  The last paft of the test  is to determine if there is a specific ANA that is positive.  If the general ANA screen test is positive, there are certain tests specific for immune disorders. For example:

                               SM -  the diagnostic test for lupus
                               Anti-scleroderma 70 - the test for scleroderma
                               SSA & SSB - Sjogrens's syndrome
                               Anti-centromere Antibody - diagnostic for localized scleroderma

     The majority of patients will have negative specific antibodies.  If they are positive, they are very specific in in diagnosing a serious arthritic or immunological disorder.


SIALOGANGLIOSIDE GM1 AB -
ANTI-SULFATIDE IGG & IgM- Tests usually done in conjunction with IgG, IgA, and IgM.  It  shows antibodies against MBP (Myelin Basic Proteins),  and gangliosides,  (including   GM1, GD1a, GD1b,  and LM1, and other acidic Glycolipids, including LK1 and sulphatide,)  of Human brain and peripheral nerves.  This can be positive in the following  neurological conditions:
 
                         Multiple Sclerosis
                         Guillain Barr's Syndrome
                         Chronic Inflammatory monoclonal IgM antibody (IgM Gammopathy)
                         multiinfarct dementia
                         alzheimers
                         rheumatoid arthritis
                         toxic chemical exposure
                         silicone adjuvent disease

( Myelin is the membrane surrounding the nerve fibers in both the central and peripheral nervous systems.  Antibodies against myelin is serious and can produce polyneuropathies.)





anti-polymer antibody assay- test which shows silicone antibodies.

Local complications, including encapsulation, rashes, rupture and leakage, can occur in a subset of individuals receiving silicone gel-containing breast implants (SBI). Whether SBI exposure results in systemic manifestations in some recipients is a matter of controversy.

Women exposed or not exposed to SBI were recruited to participate in a blinded, single-center study of an anti-polymer antibody (APA) assay that detects the presence of serum antibodies directed against polymeric substances. The SBI recipients expressed various local and systemic complications or specific autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus. A Physician Global Assessment was used to classify SBI recipients who did not meet criteria for specific autoimmune diseases into two groups, limited/mild and moderate/advanced, on the basis of the severity of local and systemic signs and symptoms. Results of serological studies of the APA assay were compared to results with an anti-nuclear antibody (ANA) assay and with the severity of the signs and symptoms.

SBI-exposed women in the moderate/advanced group were significantly more likely to test positive for APA than healthy control women or SBI-exposed women in the limited/mild group (both comparisons p<0.001). SBI-exposed women in the limited/mild group or SBI-exposed patients with specific autoimmune diseases were not significantly more likely to be APA positive than healthy controls. Women with specific autoimmune diseases not exposed to SBI had a higher percentage of ANA positive test results, but did not have an elevated percentage of APA positive test results.

Interpretation. The APA assay can objectively contribute to distinguishing between SBI recipients with limited or mild signs and symptoms, SBI recipients with more severe manifestations, and patients with specific autoimmune diseases.

Good article on test for SILICONE ANTIBODIES.



THIS IS THE NEW "800" PHONE NUMBER FOR THE SILICONE CLINIC IN MEMPHIS,TN, 
AN AFFIALITE OF UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE MEDICAL GROUP:

(877) 633-2299, ASK FOR MARION FREELAND

THIS NUMBER IS A TOLL FREE NUMBER TO BE USED TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT WITH DR.SHANKLIN FOR  AN EVALUATION FOR SILICONOSIS.


July 1999, Information below is current.
We present the following for your information, this is not intended  as medical advice:

 For woman who  have the polyurethane-coated Silicone Implants.

TDA  & TDI  BLOOD & URINE TESTING: - Test for:  2,4Toluene Diamine and 2,6Toluene Diiosocyanate, AKA TDA  & TDI .  The TDA 2,4 & 2,6  SERUM TEST WAS CREATED IN MARCH 1993. (Urine created ?)THESE TESTS ARE FOR  "CHEMICAL LEVELS OF BOTH TOXINS'',  NOT ANTIBODY TESTS.


 

NATIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES,
WiLLOWGROVE PA.
RUNS BOTH TESTS

For out of state call: Nat. Med. at 800-522-6671

The test number for either serum or urine is :    #4508  ( The doctor "MUST" specify chosen test, or both.)

The cost is  $93.00 each

He must submit 2ml of blood serum or plasma in a grey or  purple tube.  Re: Urine, 20ml that is frozen & light protected, with  5drops of concentrated HCL

(Anyone having these tests should have their  lab or physician contact client services at Nat. Med., Pa. for exact specimen  requirements. You must find out should the urine specimen be "mid-stream" as is  usually required when they test for kidney, Uti infections etc.)

IMPORTANT:  These tests are usually sent through another lab.  If  the specimens are sent direct to Nat. Med., they "DO NOT" indicate on  the report that positive findings  of either "may be a result of  breakdown of polyurethane implants"  

One lab that frequently uses the services of Nat. Medical Serv. is  "Lab Corp"(previously called National Health Laboratories) Locations  across the country. You can call 800-788-9091 or your local "Lab  Corp".

The test numbers used by Lab Corp for TDA & TDI are as follows:
 

URINE: #08657-0  

&

SERUM:#08710-9 

(your DR may  wish to indicate  Nat.Meds. test #4508 also on the requisition  form.)

Lab Corp will forward either specimen to National Medical.

The reason we preferLab Corp is on either the urine or serum  test:

The final report specifies: 

"A Positive finding indicates  exposure to 2,6-Toluene diisocyante  or 2,4 2,6-Toluenediamine; or  a positive finding may be a breakdown of PolyurethaneImplants.  The urine test specifies "pos. findings may indicate a"Disintegrated  Breast Implant". 

Also, most private physicians have accounts with the Lab  Corp.
chain, so a client would not need to submit pre-payment. 

Although we know these chemicals are stored in the fat, muscle, & organs  etc., if a woman has been ex-planted she might want to have the URINE test first  as it may not always show in the blood. (also it may not show in the urine either) "which doesn'tmean its not there"...  

National Medical Services specializes in Chemical testing.  They have great credentials" established for  aprox 40 years. They also perform corp. drug testing, chain of evidence, forensic, etc. Their directory of Services can be  requested by your Doctor.   

Confirmed: Private lab, "not owned by any of the SBI manufacturers or CMA's"






Schirmer TestThe Schirmer Test measures the quantity of tears secreted in 5 minutes in
                   response to irritation from a filter paper strip placed under each lower  eyelid.
                   A young person normally moistens 15 mm of each paper strip.  Since
                   hypolacrimation occurs with aging, 33% of normal elderly persons may wet
                   only 10 mm in 5 minutes. Most persons with Sjorgren's Syndrome (SS)
                   moisten (5 mm in 5 minutes, although about 15% of test results are false-positive and
                   15% false-negative.

 



Thyroid function tests (TSH) - (Info coming on these tests)




Systemic Yeast/fungus Tests- ( " )




Microchimerism (GVHD)- skin punch biopsy test for scleroderma. This can be positive when other tests are negative.




acral bone dysplasia tests-silica can bind to the bone. Silica is a desiccant, long known to dry out, creating very dry tissue.
Some of the ladies are also needing Total BODY MRI's and Brain Scans to detect migrating silicone, check for bone deteriation, or changes in brain activity.



 
Lymphocyte Evaluation-   (Lab Corps test number 8315-0, This is a complete analysis of the immune system. Mainly the T-cells and the natural killer cells.Lab Corp. offers a very comprehensive test.  It measures the total count of each cell and the percentage of cells. Many women who did not have positive findings from the standard immunology/ serology panels (RF, ANA, etc.) have been found to have suppressed and elevated T-cells when they had this test performed. Lab Corp provides exact numbers on the test results which is good, because sometimes you may not be out of range, but borderline high.  Dr. Shanklin offers this test also.


All of the studies are primarily investigating the immune system other than the CBC and the SMA and if any of them are abnormal,  there is a strong indication that the silicone has caused abnormalities in the patient's immune system.