What is included in the initial diagnostic workup for dermatologic preoperative evaluation and management?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Robert A Schwartz, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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The initial diagnostic workup of the surgical patient determines the cause of the presenting complaints. Such an evaluation seeks to identify abnormalities that may influence the operative risk and may have a bearing on the patient's future well-being. A complete history and a comprehensive physical examination are essential.

The history should include a past medical history, a surgical history, a family history, a social history (use of tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs), a history of allergies, and the use of medications (prescribed, over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbal preparations). Questions about previous anesthetic problems experienced by the patient and/or blood relatives are also important.


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