Diagnostic labs are used to uncover potential health problems as well as assist a person in maintaining a state of internal balance. Doctors often request diagnostic labs when they believe a person has a medical issue that is affecting their health. Blood work will show both red and white blood cell counts, as well as the presence of any bacteria or viruses that may be present in the body. Diagnostic labs also show the presence of abnormal cells that may represent serious illnesses like AIDS, HIV, cancer, hepatitis, or staph infections. Doctors will often request diagnostic labs to be performed before major procedures or during annual physical exams if they believe something may be amiss.
If a patient's diagnostic labs return with abnormal results, the doctor will go over them thoroughly and request a new set of tests to be performed that are more detailed. The goal is to uncover what caused the abnormality and what can be done to prevent it from progressing and getting any worse. In some cases, the doctor may request a second set of diagnostic labs to ensure the results were accurate. In other cases, the problem may be an isolated incident and correct itself on its own without any treatment. Diagnostic labs are designed to help address situations in their earliest stages, allowing the doctor to offer the widest range of treatment options.
A doctor will order a set of diagnostic labs for several occasions. Anytime a person exhibits signs and symptoms of a serious illness, the doctor will request labs to find out if a virus, bacteria, or other intruder is circulating through the bloodstream. Diagnostic labs are also required prior to a surgical procedure to make sure the person is healthy and able to undergo the operation with minimal risk of infection or other illness. Individuals who have been diagnosed with a chronic illness may require regular labs to be drawn to ensure their condition is not progressing. The regular lab work will show the doctor any subtle changes that may be occurring between doctor visits.
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