Understanding Lab Test Results
Why It Is Done
Lab tests are generally done for one
of the following reasons:
- To find the cause of symptoms
confirm a diagnosis
- To screen for a disease. Screening tests are
often done for people of a specific age or those who have a high risk for a
- To help rule out a disease or
- To assess the severity of a disease
monitor the progression of a disease, how well an organ is working, or if
treatment is helping
- To verify specific events (for example,
DNA testing after a rape, or urine testing to look for
Many conditions can change your lab results. Your doctor
will talk with you about any abnormal results as they relate to you.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
July 08, 2009
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