What is the role of lab testing in the workup of spinal cord injury (SCI)?

Updated: Nov 01, 2018
  • Author: Lawrence S Chin, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Brian H Kopell, MD  more...
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With regard to laboratory studies, the following may be helpful:

  • 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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