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A thorough medical examination for diagnostic purposes.
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The process of obtaining all of the necessary data for diagnosing and treating a patient. It should be done in an orderly manner so that essential elements will not be overlooked. Included are retrieval of all previous medical and dental records, the patient's family and personal medical history, social and occupational history, physical examination, laboratory studies, x-ray examinations, and indicated diagnostic surgical procedures. The patient's workup is an ongoing process wherein all hospital personnel involved cooperate in attempting to determine the correct diagnosis and effective therapy. See: charting; problem-oriented medical record

sepsis workup

A colloquial term for the evaluation of a patient, esp. a neonate, with a fever, for laboratory evidence of severe infection. Common tests for febrile neonates include a complete blood count; blood cultures, cerebrospinal fluid, urine, and stool samples; and chest x-ray. Most neonates with a fever are given immediate treatment with broad-spectrum antibiotics pending the results of cultures.
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Patient discussion about workup

Q. I have experienced alot of hair loss over the last few months, my doctor did a complete blood workup on me, And everything came back normal. My question is what could cause this and how can I get my thick hair back without rogain and other evasive actions. And could this be a symptom of something else? Womens hair loss does not run in my family, so I am really concened about this.

A. Hair loss can be caused by malnutrition, and lack in certain vitamins, however such malnutrition would have an impact on your blood work and if the results were normal I doubt that is the reason for your hair loss. Stress is another very important factor, which is known today to have a connection with hair loss. Are you in a stressful period in your life? Perhaps when things calm down for you the situation will improve.

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The diagnostic workup included history taking, physical examination and imaging of the urinary tract.
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However, none of these studies attempted to control for workup bias.
The cases involve amputations/fingertip injuries, anesthesia and pain management, arthritis, burns, compartment syndromes, congenital conditions, contractures, Dupuytren contracture, fractures/dislocations/nonunions/malunions, infections/bites, infections/extracasations, instability, osteonecrosis, peripheral nerve issues, soft tissue defects, tenosynovitis, traumatic injuries to the tendon, tumors, and vascular conditions, with each case including a description of the problem, key anatomy, workup, treatment, alternatives, principles and pearls, and pitfalls.
Subsequent workup revealed widespread metastatic disease, for which the patient was treated with chemoradiotherapy.
The appropriate workup of stress urinary incontinence (SUI) can vary substantially depending on the patient profile.
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Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), metabolic workup and more recently genetic analysis may be required.12
In general chapters, they cover peri-operative workup; contrast, sedation, analgesia; drugs in interventional radiology; noninvasive imaging; devices (wires and catheters); and vascular access.
Reports generated after a multidisciplinary tumor board (MTB) review and subsequent workup were compared to radiology, pathology, and genetic testing results from outside institutions.
Among the examples she highlighted where comanagement can have a favorable impact were optimization of perioperative pain management pathways; how to handle the use of disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs) in patients undergoing THA/TKA; the latest thinking on the appropriateness of low-dose aspirin for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prophylaxis; a simple way to predict postop delirium in older individuals without known dementia; how to decide which postoperative fevers warrant a costly infectious disease workup; and the optimal wait time from arrival at the hospital with a fractured hip to THA.