Which lab tests are performed in the workup of spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS, FAANS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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The following laboratory studies can be helpful in the evaluation of spinal cord injury:

  • Arterial blood gas (ABG) measurements - May be useful to evaluate adequacy of oxygenation and ventilation

  • Lactate levels - To monitor perfusion status; can be helpful in the presence of shock

  • Hemoglobin and/or hematocrit levels - May be measured initially and monitored serially to detect or monitor sources of blood loss

  • Urinalysis - Can be performed to detect any associated genitourinary injury

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