Which lab tests are performed in the evaluation of bipolar affective disorder (manic-depressive illness)?

Updated: May 06, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Soreff, MD; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Laboratory tests that may be helpful include the following:

  • CBC count

  • ESR levels

  • Fasting glucose levels

  • Electrolyte levels

  • Protein levels

  • Thyroid hormone levels

  • Creatinine and blood urea nitrogen levels

  • Liver and lipid panel

  • Substance and alcohol screening

Depending on the patient’s presentation, other laboratory tests may be indicated, which may include the following:

  • Urinary copper levels

  • Antinuclear antibody testing

  • HIV testing

  • VDRL testing


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