Blood Tests

Full Body Health Screen (£100; 28 biomarkers)

If you have any concerns about your health or are feeling unwell, our Full Body Health Screen identifies many medical conditions and provides a comprehensive ‘snap shot’ of your current health. Components of this 28-biomarker panel include:

  • Liver function testing (LFTs, eight tests)
  • Urea and electrolytes (U+Es, five tests)
  • Kidney function (important for waste removal and blood filtration)
  • Haemoglobin (Hb, a marker of anaemia)
  • Sodium and potassium (Na+ and K+, metal ions)
  • Urea and creatine (metabolised waste products)
  • White cell count (infection marker; acute or chronic)

Autoimmune and Inflammation Panel (£100)

Autoimmune conditions occur when the bodies immune system turns on itself. This panel includes blood markers that light up in the following autoimmune conditions (symptoms in brackets):

  • Sjogren’s Syndrome (dry eyes)
  • Scleroderma / Systemic Sclerosis (skin thickening)
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) (facial rash, swelling, joint problems, fatigue)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (join swelling and stiffness, especially in the mornings)
  • Vasculitis (blood vessel inflammation affecting kidneys, lungs, nerves)
  • Autoimmune markers Antinuclear Antibodies (ANA)
  • Anti-Neutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibodies (ANCA)

The Autoimmune and Inflammation Panel also includes two key markers of acute or chronic inflammation:

  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR)
  • C-reactive protein (CRP)

Toxicity Screen (£250)

Heavy metal and toxin levels may be present in abnormal levels within the body as a result of breast implants or other sources. The Toxicity Screen is a total body screen for harmful circulating metals. We combine blood and urine tests to record the concentration of six heavy metals. Patients with abnormal metal levels may feel tired, lethargic, experience headaches, or notice skin or hair changes. The Toxicity Screen can be repeated before and after surgery, and help identify which toxins are present so these can be eliminated.

Menopause Status (£75)

Menopause typically happens at 45-50 years of age. However, about 1 in 10 women experience ‘pre-menopause’, an earlier hormone change from 40 years of age. Symptoms include fatigue, anxiety, hot flushes, insomnia, irregular periods, night sweats and mood changes. It is possible to experience Breast Implant Illness and menopause simultaneously, and many symptoms overlap. This Menopause Status test measures the female hormones:

  • Follicle stimulating hormone (FSH)
  • Luteinising hormone (LH)
  • Oestrogen (OES)

This will give an indication of your ovarian function and identify whether you might be entering menopause and therefore benefit from a discussion about alternative treatments before deciding what to do with your implants. If you are still having periods, please take the test on day 3 of your cycle.

Thyroid Function (£50)

15% of patients with breast implants have abnormal thyroid function. The thyroid gland can be underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism). The thyroid is a key organ for healthy metabolism, and therefore abnormal thyroid function effects energy levels, weight, sleep, temperature and concentration. The Thyroid Function test includes:

  • Thyroxine (free T4)
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH)

Given the overlap between the symptoms of thyroid problems and Breast Implant Illness, it is useful to test thyroid function. We can then direct you to the correct treatment pathway and referral to an endocrinologist if required.