What is the role of lab tests in the workup of kyphosis?

Updated: May 04, 2020
  • Author: R Carter Cassidy, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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Standard laboratory results should be evaluated whenever surgical intervention is being considered. The laboratory workup should include determination of a complete blood count (CBC), coagulation studies, and routine chemical analyses.

Autodonation of blood can be recommended to the patient in anticipation of the need for intraoperative transfusion.

In patients with a known or suspected infectious etiology, the erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) and the C-reactive protein (CRP) level should be measured to help identify a potential infection or to help track the progress of treatment.

Before a major operation, the patient's nutritional status might also be checked it considerably influences a patient's ability to heal.  This can be evaluated with a prealbumin level.


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