Jason M. Gallina MD PC

Specialist in artificial disc replacement, non-fusion surgery and minimally invasive surgery

820 2nd Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10017
541 Cedar Hill Avenue
Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Phone: 212-616-4130 | Fax: 212-983-0483

Description | Indications | Mechanism | Limitations | Risks

Laboratory Tests - Spinal diagnostic test

Description:

Laboratory tests involve drawing blood or other body fluids or substances, so they can be analyzed in the laboratory.

Indications:

Laboratory tests are utilized to help diagnose diseases, abnormalities or problems, which may be contributing to back or neck pain. Diseases such as kidney disease, ulcers, aneurysm or cancer, all of which can contribute to back or neck pain, may be diagnosed with the help of laboratory tests. Laboratory tests can also, at times, provide information about the success of treatments for various illnesses or abnormalities.

Mechanism:

Laboratory tests generally involve the acquisition of body fluids, or samples of body tissue. A needle is frequently used, inserted into a vein, to draw blood. Other tests may involve the acquisition of stool or urine samples, or the swabbing of areas suspected of infection with a sterile cotton swab. The sample obtained is analyzed in the laboratory, and test results are indicated in a laboratory report. The results of the analysis are then compared to samples taken from large numbers of normal individuals. Abnormalities can therefore be detected.

Limitations:

Laboratory tests cannot diagnose structural problems that may be present in the spine, or other disease entities that may not be readily apparent or produce laboratory abnormalities.

Risks:

Minimal.

blood in test tube