What does high LDH levels mean?

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What does high LDH levels mean?

by pjhoye on Tue Mar 08, 2011 04:46 PM

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Hi.  I have a question about my father who was recently diagnosed with stage 4 melanoma.  His LDH levels went from around 300, then a couple months ago to 900, and now 1700.  What does this indicate?  Is it bad, should we be worried?  They increased to 900 after taking time off of chemo for a hip surgery.  Then after beginning the chemo again they raised to 1700 and his white cells were down too low, so they had to stop the chemo again until the white cells increased. 

Thanks,

Jill

RE: What does high LDH levels mean?

by suzannevt on Mon Jun 06, 2011 04:06 AM

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Hi Jill-

My husband's levels were 250 7 weeks ago, 474- 4 weeks ago and not 950 this past week.  Our doctor tells us it's a general indication of wellness in the blood.  Higher numbers generally indicate more disease and lower numbers generally indicate the body is fighting better, but that really it's only one number and not a good indicator of very much.

I also looked on line and the description was that LDH basically measured the amount of uncleaned garbage particles in the blood that are taking room away from the active, healthy parts of the blood.  Hope this helps, it's the best that I could find out.  If you hear anything more, or differently, please let me know.

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