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Have you ever wondered why your doctor only rarely orders a single test, like a sodium or potassium?  Although it can certainly be done, tests like sodium and potassium levels are best intepreted in the context of several tests.   Laboratory panels have evolved to analyze to assist the physician with this task. The above list is not complete and depending upon the location of your blood test, may vary slightly or may include panels that reflect a certain patient population (For example, a DIC panel).

Cardiac Enzyme Panel
Electrolyte Panel
Hepatitis Panel
Lipid Panel
Liver Panel
Thyroid Panel

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Commonly Used Terms
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Diagnostic Process
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Surgical Pathology Report
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Special Stains
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How Accurate is My Report?
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Last Updated 1/9/2003

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