What are the limitations to lab studies in the diagnosis of secondary dysmenorrhea?

Updated: Sep 23, 2019
  • Author: Karim Anton Calis, PharmD, MPH, FASHP, FCCP; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Although these tests can be useful adjuncts in the workup of dysmenorrhea, they also may be misleading at times. For instance, the CBC may show a normal white blood cell (WBC) count in as many as 56% of patients with PID. On the other hand, the WBC count can be elevated as a consequence of physiologic stress.

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