Most of us, finding ourselves with a doctor with some kind of ailment, are annoyed when he, instead of prescribing pills right away, forces us to take tests and do all kinds of tests. And this is a waste of extra time, money and effort, and if you remember the queues in clinics, then nerves. In fact, why are we doing so many tests?
Elena Kuzina, a general practitioner, agreed to answer several popular reading questions.
Are there universal laboratory research methods that can detect any disease?
Each study is carried out with a specific purpose and has its own advantages and disadvantages. So, for example, x-rays and ultrasounds are able to identify anatomical pathology in humans (in the bone system, internal organs). But at the same time, functional disorders remain “behind the scenes”.
A biochemical blood test gives an idea of the work of the liver, kidneys, endocrine glands, metabolic state, but is silent about infections. To identify them, serological blood tests or methods for detecting pathogens in tissues are needed. Continue reading