Your lab test result is only one piece of information about your health. Your doctor considers many things when looking at a test result. These things may include your symptoms, age, weight, physical examination, and family history.
That's why it's important to talk to your doctor. He or she can give you a clear sense of what your result means for you. Before you do, you may also find it helpful to learn a little about lab results in general.
Lab test results are expressed in different ways. A test result can be:
It's also possible for a test result to be false-positive or false-negative.
It is possible to have a result that is outside the reference range even though nothing is wrong with you. Your doctor may want to repeat the test or order another test to check.
Sometimes certain things can affect your test results. Examples include:
Making sense of your lab test involves more than just knowing the numbers. Your doctor can tell you what your test results mean for you and your health.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
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Current as of: October 14, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
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