What is the role of lab tests in the workup of spinal tumors?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Andrew A Sama, MD; Chief Editor: Jeffrey A Goldstein, MD  more...
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For these patients, workup should include a complete blood count (CBC) and differential, a basic serum chemistry profile, erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR), or C-reactive protein (CRP) to help distinguish between neoplastic and infectious processes. Elevations in serum calcium or alkaline phosphatase (ALP) also can provide evidence for neoplastic bone processes. Specific studies, such as serum electrophoresis or urine electrophoresis, also can be performed to evaluate the likelihood of multiple myeloma or plasmacytoma.


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