- A Directory of Medical Tests
Sometimes, doctors need to order tests to evaluate a child's health or to understand what's causing an illness. Here are some common ones.
- Basic Blood Chemistry Tests
Doctors order basic blood chemistry tests to assess a wide range of conditions and the function of organs.
- Blood Culture
A blood culture is a test to determine whether bacteria or fungi have entered the bloodstream.
- Blood Test: Complete Blood Count
The complete blood count (CBC) is the most common blood test. It analyzes red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets.
- Blood Test: Hepatic (Liver) Function Panel
Liver function tests can help doctors determine if the liver has been damaged. They also can help diagnose viral infections (such as hepatitis or mononucleosis) and monitor medications that can cause liver-related side effects.
- Stool Tests
Your child's doctor may order a stool collection test to check for blood, bacteria, ova, or parasites. Find out how this test is performed and when you can expect the results.
- Strep Test: Throat Culture
Is your child having a strep test or a throat culture? Find out how these swab tests are performed.
- Urine Tests
Is your child having a urine culture or urinalysis performed? Find out why urine tests are performed, and what to expect when the doctor orders them.
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