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my blood was normal but do they send your blood to a lab to get further tested for routine check ups or is that only if you ask them too, what to do?

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Dr. Rawhi Omar
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: Running a limited number of blood tests (blood cell counts and levels of few metabolites/chemicals) is an acceptable part of a routine general exam but you can decline having those tests if you wish.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What to do if I have blood was normal but i was wondering do they send your blood to a lab to get further tested for routine check ups or is that only if you ask them too?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Blood work: Most blood tests are performed at a lab. If there is a specific issue that you wish to have looked at - ask the provider who orders the labs. Take care.
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A 82-year-old female asked:

Does lab work on a blood sample reveal others problems than initial sample requested?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Yes: This is why the CBC and the chemical profile are among the cornerstones of screening today.
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A 19-year-old male asked:

What causes blood to be dark, almost black when drawn for lab tests?

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Dr. Dominic Riganotti
Infectious Disease 25 years experience
Deoxygenation: Blood is never black..it just looks deep red from venous circulation. When blood becomes oxygenated...it gets bright bright red...when deoxygenated....dark red/maroon.
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A 53-year-old female asked:

Why would a doctor or lab retest or reevaluate a blood sample? My results were "updated," after which results came more in line with standard ranges.

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Lab error: Especially, a sample may be damaged in transit. The damage may be discovered after results are sent out, and corrected. This is why physicians -- mostly us pathologists -- supervise the lab closely.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Provided original answer
Thanks for the follow up and your kind words.
Oct 3, 2016
Marysville, CA
A 25-year-old female asked:

Why would it take a lab tech 3 times to draw blood?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Difficult stick: The success at drawing blood depends on the ease of accessing a vein and the experience of the phlebotomist. Three sticks, while uncommon, is not rare. Before you go for a blood draw, make sure you drink enough water so that your blood volume is not low, as that it makes it more difficult to draw blood. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine.

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