How do we tests for NK cells? Is it an endo biopsy?

How do we tests for NK cells? Is it an endo biopsy?

SouthernQueen
SouthernQueen

December 7th, 2011, 5:36 pm #1

Just wondering ...
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Maggie
Maggie

December 7th, 2011, 7:30 pm #2

That is what I have heard, they do an endometrial biopsy to look for them specifically.
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minniet
minniet

December 7th, 2011, 7:34 pm #3

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I have had the endo biopsy done (found nothing). They were not looking for NKs, they were looking for signs of inflammation (whatever that is) and pathogens which could be treated with antibiotics.

Otherwise, NKs are generally detected through bloodwork, which is why they are controversial -- you can high NKs one day, and not the next.

For me, the treatment (along with an aggressive protocol in terms of steroids, baby aspirin, etc.) is intralipids. It's not expensive (about $400 before transfer and once again, if you are pregnant, after transfer), and my doc uses it in replacement of Ivig, as it has the same good results.
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demomone
demomone

December 7th, 2011, 7:41 pm #4

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There was a study done in England a few years ago (I can't find the citation), that showed that in order to determine if a woman had high NK cells, that could potentially cause issues with implantation and miscarriage, it needed to be done by biospy. Circulating NK cells in the blood alone would not be an indication for treatments. There have been no conclusive studies done in the US to show that high NK cells cause any issues in implantation. That said, many of us, will go the course and do whatever is needed to try and have a baby.
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Joined: October 9th, 2008, 2:53 am

December 8th, 2011, 12:08 pm #5

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Hi,
I had blood work for NK cells. Ask them for that. The less fiddling around with stuff the better I say. Your doc can do a whole panel for immune stuff.
best, THK
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Joined: June 2nd, 2007, 7:45 am

December 8th, 2011, 7:28 pm #6

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you need both blood and biopsy as the NK cells do different things in different places. Try to get your hands on a copy of "Is Your Body Baby Friendly'' to get a handle on all of this..
I had normal NK in blood but sky high in uterus....but after years and years of trying I now have a baby...
Hang in there honey.
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