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Dr. Renee B. Thomas, MD

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29 years Experience
Dr. Renee B. Thomas, MD
  • Camden, SC
  • Med Univ of Sc Coll of Med, Charleston Sc
  • Accepting new patients

How often should I get my creatinine levels checked?

Work with your doctor. They will probably have them done each time you see them at first. Once they stabilize, they will recommended less often checks. When you say fluctuations, READ MORE
Work with your doctor. They will probably have them done each time you see them at first. Once they stabilize, they will recommended less often checks. When you say fluctuations, how much are they doing that? One point, a tenth of a point, a hundredth of a point. This will also determine how much they need to be checked.

RB Thomas, MD

Can creatinine fluctuate between morning and night?

How much fluctuations are you talking about? Laboratories do have a range of variability. Tests are done in labs to make sure this variability does not clinically affect patient READ MORE
How much fluctuations are you talking about? Laboratories do have a range of variability. Tests are done in labs to make sure this variability does not clinically affect patient results. If the variability is >0.5, then I think the lab needs to look into it and the doctor needs to be alerted.

RB Thomas, MD

What does a low white blood cell count mean?

Lots of things, from the bone marrow not being able to produce them, to a rip roaring infection, or a medicine that wipes the marrow out. A pediatric hematologist/oncologist would READ MORE
Lots of things, from the bone marrow not being able to produce them, to a rip roaring infection, or a medicine that wipes the marrow out. A pediatric hematologist/oncologist would be able to isolate the exact cause in your case.
Good luck.

RB Thomas, MD

What is a pus culture?

Pus is a term used to describe the gooey part of a wound. It can be gray, yellow or even green. The doctor would take a sterile swab and get some of the pus. it is then sent READ MORE
Pus is a term used to describe the gooey part of a wound. It can be gray, yellow or even green. The doctor would take a sterile swab and get some of the pus. it is then sent for culture to see what bacteria is growing in it. This would assist with what type of medicine can fight the wound.

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How long does it usually take to detect H1N1 in a person?

That surprises me. Most doctor offices have a way to tell you immediately if you have flu or not. They may be testing something more advanced which would require an outside reference READ MORE
That surprises me. Most doctor offices have a way to tell you immediately if you have flu or not. They may be testing something more advanced which would require an outside reference lab's help. Check back with the office if you have not heard in a week.

RB Thomas,MD

What samples are required for a DNA test?

Blood, saliva and/or a buccal swab. To get that, you would open your mouth, and the doctor/nurse will scrap the inside of your cheek with a swab similar to a q-tip. Good luck. RB READ MORE
Blood, saliva and/or a buccal swab. To get that, you would open your mouth, and the doctor/nurse will scrap the inside of your cheek with a swab similar to a q-tip.
Good luck.

RB Thomas, MD

My son's arterial blood gas test in the hospital is showing a high level of CO2. Should we get this checked again?

You could but it sounds like that the pneumonia is preventing him form releasing the stored up CO2. That is not unusual. Continue to get the pneumonia and follow up with subsequent READ MORE
You could but it sounds like that the pneumonia is preventing him form releasing the stored up CO2. That is not unusual. Continue to get the pneumonia and follow up with subsequent arterial gases.

RB Thomas, MD

If I didn’t eat 2 hours before my PP sugar test, will the result be inaccurate?

How much time are we talking about? If it is just a few minutes, probably not. If it is more than an hour, it may cause some problems. You need to check with your laboratory concerning READ MORE
How much time are we talking about? If it is just a few minutes, probably not. If it is more than an hour, it may cause some problems. You need to check with your laboratory concerning the exact parameters.

RB Thomas, MD

How long should a urine culture take?

No. Urine cultures are usually checked as follows: 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours then 7 days. Most results from urine cultures are reliable after 3 days, but there are some organisms READ MORE
No. Urine cultures are usually checked as follows: 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours then 7 days. Most results from urine cultures are reliable after 3 days, but there are some organisms that take longer to grow beyond the usual 3. That is why it is prudent to issue final reports after 7 days.

RB Thomas, MD

What does the CSF test include?

Doctors will obtain fluid that surrounds the spine and test it for protein and glucose. They may also culture it and have someone look at it to see what types of cells are in READ MORE
Doctors will obtain fluid that surrounds the spine and test it for protein and glucose. They may also culture it and have someone look at it to see what types of cells are in it. This, along with other sorts of test, can give the doctors somewhat of an idea as to the cause of your father's neurological symptoms.

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My urine culture report was sent to another lab for a bacteria resistance report. Why does this happen?

I am not very familiar with this test. The only thing I can think of is that the first lab that was trying to find an antibiotic to treat your infection did not have one in their READ MORE
I am not very familiar with this test. The only thing I can think of is that the first lab that was trying to find an antibiotic to treat your infection did not have one in their profile to kill it. Therefore, another lab was utilized to find the appropriate antibiotic for your treatment. I would suggest asking your own doctor or the lab that called you to further explain.

RB Thomas, MD

My mother's biopsy confirmed a malignant tumor. Should we consider a second opinion before the treatment?

Absolutely. You can ask your doctor what lab he/she would recommend, then the staff would handle the request. If you have a lab in mind, your mother or you, if you have a POA, READ MORE
Absolutely. You can ask your doctor what lab he/she would recommend, then the staff would handle the request. If you have a lab in mind, your mother or you, if you have a POA, can contact the lab directly and make the request. They will make you sign forms so everyone has documentation for the request. The lab may ask you for the name of the doctor or where the lab is, so they can confirm that the lab in question will accept cases for second opinions.

RB Thomas, MD

Home diabetes testing device and lab report show different results. What is more accurate?

I would say the lab's because their equipment is constantly being monitored. The home equipment just gives you the opportunity to just generally monitor your progress. If you READ MORE
I would say the lab's because their equipment is constantly being monitored. The home equipment just gives you the opportunity to just generally monitor your progress. If you feel poorly and your home device says your sugars are ok, go to the lab for testing after discussing it with your doctor since they would have to be the one to issue the order for the lab work.

RB Thomas, MD

How long does it take for a biopsy report to come?

It varies depending on all what needs to be done. We like to tell patients to come back to see their doctor so he can discuss the report and other things in a week. Most reports READ MORE
It varies depending on all what needs to be done. We like to tell patients to come back to see their doctor so he can discuss the report and other things in a week. Most reports should be done well before then.

RB Thomas, MD

How would doctors diagnose TB?

Blood testing would be fairly definitive. They may try a PPD first. A more invasive test would be by lung biopsy. They could also collect sputum and test it for TB as well. Less READ MORE
Blood testing would be fairly definitive. They may try a PPD first. A more invasive test would be by lung biopsy. They could also collect sputum and test it for TB as well. Less invasive than a biopsy. Lots of options for your father.

RB Thomas, MD

Why did I get two different results for my pregnancy test?

Sometimes, home tests can be inaccurate. When you do a home test, it is always important to look at the control. If the control does not work, whatever result you get is not READ MORE
Sometimes, home tests can be inaccurate. When you do a home test, it is always important to look at the control. If the control does not work, whatever result you get is not valid. I would trust the one at the doctor's office. Personnel there do them a lot more often. If you want extra assurance either way, request that your doctor do a serum pregnancy test. This would involve having blood drawn and having it tested. Good luck.

How is PCOD detected?

They need to look at her ovaries. This can be done by ultrasound. Sometimes a biopsy is needed. Other things may need to be known such, as when did your daughter start her periods? READ MORE
They need to look at her ovaries. This can be done by ultrasound. Sometimes a biopsy is needed. Other things may need to be known such, as when did your daughter start her periods? Have they ever been regular? Is she small for her age? Is she considered obese? Personally, I think the doctor is a bit quick on the draw to think about this based on what I know from you.

RB Thomas, MD

My mole sample was sent to another lab. Should I be concerned?

Sending samples out for a second opinion doesn't necessarily mean you are going to get a bad diagnosis. The first lab recognized that they were unsure of how to diagnose your case READ MORE
Sending samples out for a second opinion doesn't necessarily mean you are going to get a bad diagnosis. The first lab recognized that they were unsure of how to diagnose your case or wanted confirmation on what they thought and sent it to a lab that they believe had more expertise in the field. It may take a little longer to get the diagnosis to you, but you should feel confident that whatever diagnosis you receive will be correct which will enable you to receive appropriate treatment.


RB Thomas, MD

What is the white spot I see in my eyes?

Your best bet is to have an ophthalmology examination since it could be a lot of things.

RB Thomas,MD

Are X-rays harmful for the eyes?

Since your son is having lung infections, a routine X-ray should not even come in contact with the eyes. If he is undergoing CT or MRI scans, he should be fine, but just tell him READ MORE
Since your son is having lung infections, a routine X-ray should not even come in contact with the eyes. If he is undergoing CT or MRI scans, he should be fine, but just tell him to close his eyes. He may want to do that anyway. You should discuss your concerns with the radiologist doing the tests. You may also want to ask an ophthalmologist.

RB Thomas, MD