• Is it possible to have Hodgkin’s lymphoma with normal LDH levels?

    Asked by RockTom on Tuesday, April 23, 2013

    Is it possible to have Hodgkin’s lymphoma with normal LDH levels?

    My levels are good, but they say I still have it, just looking for hope I guess. The doctors know what they are doing.

    3 Answers from the Community

    • po18guy's Avatar

      Sadly, yes, it is. Elevated LDH does not always indicate cancer, and normal LDH levels do not always indicate its absence. If you had LDH test results from before cancer was suspected, they could possibly be compared to your current LDH levels and any difference noted. As well, LDH falls within a range, and you can be at the bottom or top of the range and still remain within the definition of normal. I am guessing here that you had a biopsy and the cells were analyzed by a pathologist? If so, it may be important to have a second pathologist examine the same samples. After both a lymph node and bone marrow biopsies, I was thought to have a virus until a second pathologist performed more sophisticated testing and determined that it was actually an aggressive NHL. That second opinion saved my life.

      over 4 years ago
    • ddkk3's Avatar

      I'm sorry, I have Hodgkin's lymphoma but I have no idea what LDH is! My oncologist never mentioned it. My tumor was causing me to cough for a year before they figured out what it was (finally found it on a CT scan). So they biopsied it and that's how I was diagnosed.

      Why do they say you have it? What makes them think that?

      over 4 years ago
    • berly462005's Avatar

      All my blood tests were normal. All I had was a bulging neck and it took them forever to diagnose it but after a biopsy, it confirmed I had Hodgkins. Later I had a cough and choking before I got my chemo.

      over 4 years ago

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