Which lab tests are indicated in the workup of peripheral vascular disease (PVD)?

Updated: Dec 31, 2017
  • Author: Everett Stephens, MD; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Routine blood tests may be indicated in the evaluation of patients with suspected serious compromise of vascular flow to an extremity. Complete blood count (CBC), blood urea nitrogen (BUN), creatinine, and electrolyte studies help evaluate for signs of end-organ injury and for factors that might lead to worsening of peripheral perfusion. Risk factors for the development of vascular disease (lipid profile, coagulation tests) can also be evaluated, though not necessarily in the emergency department (ED) setting.


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