Laboratory findings template

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1] Associate Editor(s)-in-Chief: Charmaine Patel, M.D. [2]

Introduction to the Laboratory Findings Page

  • The page name should be "(Disease name) laboratory findings", with only the first letter of the title capitalized.
  • Goal: to detail the important laboratory tests and findings for the disease you are describing.
  • Remember this is not the section to describe imaging or other diagnostic modalities.
  • As with all microchapter pages linking to the main page, at the top of the edit box put {{CMG}}, your name template, and the microchapter navigation template you created at the beginning.
  • Remember to create links within Wikidoc by placing [[square brackets]] around key words which you want to link to other pages. Make sure you makes your links as specific as possible. For example if a sentence contained the phrase anterior spinal artery syndrome, the link should be to anterior spinal artery syndrome not anterior or artery or syndrome. For more information on how to create links click here.
  • Remember to follow the same format and capitalization of letters as outlined in the template below.
  • You should include the name of the disease in the first sentence of every subsection.

Overview

  • The overview section should include the disease name in the first sentence.
  • The goal is to summarize the laboratory findings page in several sentences. This section can be the same as the laboratory findings segment on the overview page.
  • To see an example of an overview section on a laboratory findings page, click here.

Template

  • First Sentence:
An elevated/reduced concentration of serum/blood/urinary/CSF/other [lab test] is diagnostic of [disease name]
OR
Laboratory findings consistent with the diagnosis of [disease name] include [abnormal test 1], [abnormal test 2], and [abnormal test 3].
OR
There are no diagnostic lab findings associated with [disease name].
  • Examples:
Example 1: Laboratory findings consistent with the diagnosis of hepatitis C infection include elevated liver function tests and positive HCV RNA.
Example 2: An elevated urinary concentration of 5-HIAA concentration is diagnostic of carcinoid syndrome.
Example 3: There are no diagnostic lab findings associated with acinic cell carcinoma.


  • Additional Sentences:
Additional Sentence 1: [Test] is usually normal among patients with [disease name].
Additional Sentence 2: Some patients with [disease name] may have elevated/reduced concentrations of [test], which is usually suggestive of [progression/complication].


  • Examples:
Example 1: Urinalysis is usually normal among patients with hepatitis C infection.
Example 2: Some patients with shigellosis may have elevated serum creatinine, which is usually suggestive of severe dehydration and pre-renal acute kidney injury.

Preferred Template Statements

IF there are diagnostic laboratory findings associated with the disease:

  • An elevated/reduced concentration of serum/blood/urinary/CSF/other [lab test] is diagnostic of [disease name].
  • Laboratory findings consistent with the diagnosis of [disease name] include [abnormal test 1], [abnormal test 2], and [abnormal test 3].
  • [Test] is usually normal among patients with [disease name].
  • Some patients with [disease name] may have elevated/reduced concentration of [test], which is usually suggestive of [progression/complication].

IF there are no diagnostic laboratory findings:

  • There are no diagnostic laboratory findings associated with [disease name].==Laboratory Findings==
  • Outline or list the pertintent laboratory tests that you should obtain for the disease you are describing.
  • Make sure you also indicate what the laborotory finding would be.
  • For an example of a laboratory findings section on a laboratory findings page, click here.
  • You can include subheadings to describe special types of laboratory tests.

References

  • References should be cited for the material that you have put on your page. Type in {{reflist|2}}.This will generate your references in small font, in two columns, with links to the original article and abstract.
  • For information on how to add references into your page, click here.

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