Someone close to me has been given two blood tests in the space of nine days, ie Feb 1 and Feb 9. The doctor who ordered the tests is a senior consultant. I won’t name the doctor’s speciality or the hospital involved: as I don’t know if the tests are necessary, as I’m no medical specialist.
However, as a lay person, I’m astounded.
Let me explain.
The first series of tests involved CA-153; Renal Panel (Na, K, Creatinine); Calcium & Albumin and Full Blood Count (Hemogram, DC, Platelet).
The second series of tests carried out today, Feb 9, involved Folate, Iron, Transferin, Vitamin B12 and Full Blood Count (Hemogram, DC, Platelet).
The patient isn’t in hospital nor has the patient any new complaints other than existing conditions.
The first series of tests were done before seeing the doctor and the second series on seeing the doctor today.
There is suspicion that the patient might be anaemic but won’t doing two blood tests so close together in fact confirm the suspicion by biasing the result?
If any medical person, or someone who knows something about medicine, reading this could enlighten me either by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or leaving me a comment in this post, I would be most grateful.
I don’t want to live with the perception, perhaps misplaced, that the doctor had over-investigated, thus raising medical expenses needlessly.
I would like to be shown that I’m wrong.
So, can someone please help?