What is the role of lab testing in the workup of secondary lung tumors?

Updated: Feb 08, 2019
  • Author: Daniel S Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS; Chief Editor: John Geibel, MD, DSc, MSc, AGAF  more...
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The usual preoperative laboratory workup of any thoracic patient should include a coagulation profile consisting of a platelet count, international normalized ratio (INR), and activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT). A complete blood count (CBC) and electrolyte count should also be performed, to screen for any hematologic derangements such as anemia or electrolyte abnormalities (eg, hypokalemia) that could impact anesthesia.


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