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Do I have to see a specialist to get a botulism toxin assay ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a botulism toxin assay ordered?

Why do you need it?: You don't need a specialist to order the test, but that test is one to check for botulism, which is an uncommon problem. ...Read more

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Toxin (Definition)

Poisonous substance produced within living cells or organisms;man-made substances created by artificial processes are thus excluded. The term was first used by organic chemist ludwig brieger (1849–1919). For a toxic substance not produced within living organisms, "toxicant" and "toxics" are also sometimes used.[citation needed]. Toxins can be small ...Read more


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Do I have to see a specialist to get a stool culture ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a stool culture ordered?

Any Provider: Any provider including doctors, nurse practioners , or physicians assisstment can order these tests if necessary. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a thyroidectomy ordered?

It'd be a good idea: To speak with an endocrinologist to help you sort out whether or not you need a thyroidectomy. If endocrinologist thinks its reasonable to get surgery, they can refer you to an endocrine or ENT surgeon. The surgeon will evaluate you and also decide if they think surgery is indicated. Choosing surgery is a big choice so getting good opinions is important. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a bronchoscopy ordered?

Yes: A bronchoscopy is a specialized procedure performed by a trained specialist, usually a pulmonologist to visualize & inspect the major airways and take samples of fluids, biopsies as neccesary, etc. Procedure also to localize lesions, obstructions, nodes among other indications. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a blood smear ordered?

No: Your doctor can order this test and specify what he/she is looking for or suspicious of certain illness. The pathologist is usually the one who reviews the test and provide answers to your doc! ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a mono spot ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a mono spot ordered?

No: It is certainly something your primary physician can order but you may need ebv/cmv and parvo virus titers as well since monospots are not very sensitive. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a d dimer ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a d dimer ordered?

Not necessarily..: A d-dimer test is usually obtained when a blood clot diagnosis is considered. The test is very non-specific in that many things besides a blood clot can result in a positive test. If the d-dimer is negative, the chances of having clinically significant clot is very small. So, in terms of diagnosis, a negative test is actually more helpful. The test can be ordered by any doctor. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

Easily Obtained: Your pediatric office has this vaccine for all children. Some offices will offer the tdap (adult version) to parents. Local health departments stock this. Remember, as an adult, if you need a "tetanus" shot, always ask for the "full version" which would include diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough) too. This will aid in protecting or cocooning younger children and babies from these diseases. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a hysteroscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a hysteroscopy ordered?

Yes: A hysteroscopy may be indicated for a number of gynecologic complaints (abnormal bleeding, polyps, fibroids, lost iud, etc). A hysteroscopy can be performed in the clinic or in an operating room, depending on the physician and the problem being investigated. Most ob/gyn's perform hysteroscopy, and yes you would need to have an evaluation with your gynecologist to detemine that you need this exam. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a gastric bypass ordered?

Ordered no, done yes: Need a thorough, multidisciplinary evaluation, including psychologic, before the procedure is done. Needs to be done by a specialist/bariatric surgeon in a "center of excellence" which does at least 100/yr, with good results and follow up. Can have lots of complications during and afterward; need high quality care. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get a stool ova and parasite exam ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a stool ova and parasite exam ordered?

Any medical center: Your family doctor, internist or emergency room physician will have access to these type of laboratory evaluations. Discuss with them how to prepare the sample and have some idea of your exposure or symptoms to help in the search for the organisms suspected. ...Read more

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Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagogastroduodenoscopy ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get an esophagogastroduodenoscopy ordered?

Ordered no ,done yes: If you have symptoms that may require egd, best to be seen by gatroenterologist (gi md) first, then get scheduled; want to make sure it is indicated, symptoms are not from other causes, e.g. Cardiac which likely are evaluated first. The GI doc is a physician, not simply a technician. Special training for doing, and interpreting egds. ...Read more

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If I wanted to get tested for bowel diseases what test would I ask my doctor for that would cover a large range of diseases??

If I wanted to get tested for bowel diseases what test would I ask my doctor for that would cover a large range of diseases??

Digestive screening : If you truly have no symptoms related to your digestive tract, the only screening tests at your age would potentially be blood tests to check out the liver. If you have no family history of colon troubles, you should have a colonoscopy at age 50. Otherwise, tests of your digestive tract would only be necessary if you're having symptoms that need investigation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Botulinum Poisoning (Definition)

An illness due to toxin produced by Clostridium botulinum. ...Read more