What Causes Abnormal Tryptophan Levels?
Abnormal tryptophan levels can have various causes, just like most other symptoms. Finding the true cause means ruling out or confirming each possibility – in other words, diagnosis.
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Diagnosis is usually a complex process due to the sheer number of possible causes and related symptoms. In order to diagnose abnormal tryptophan levels, we could:
- Research the topic
- Find a doctor with the time
- Use a diagnostic computer system.
The process is the same, whichever method is used.
Step 1: List all Possible Causes
We begin by identifying the disease conditions which have "abnormal tryptophan levels" as a symptom. Here are two possibilities:
- Protein Deficiency
- Carcinoid Cancer
Step 2: Build a Symptom Checklist
We then identify all possible symptoms and risk factors of each possible cause, and check the ones that apply:
major unexplained weight loss
gastric bypass surgery
mild abdominal discomfort
history of occult blood
low diastolic blood pressure
low systolic blood pressure
dizziness when standing up
mild heart murmur
... and so on
Step 3: Rule Out or Confirm each Possible Cause
A differential diagnosis of your symptoms and risk factors finds the likely cause of abnormal tryptophan levels:
* This is a simple example to illustrate the process
Arriving at a Correct Diagnosis
is our online diagnosis tool that learns all about you through a straightforward process of multi-level questioning, providing diagnosis at the end.
Tryptophan. If your blood or urine tryptophan levels have been measured within the past 3 months, what was the result?
→ No / over 3 months ago / don't know
→ Very low
Based on your response to this question, which may indicate very low tryptophan levels, low tryptophan levels, normal tryptophan levels or elevated tryptophan levels, The Analyst™
will consider possibilities such as:
Blood tryptophan will be decreased below normal values in cases of carcinoid tumor or syndrome when the hormone serotonin is being produced.
... and also rule out issues such as:
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