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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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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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