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Abdominal Pain in Adults (cont.)

Laboratory Tests

Laboratory tests may or may not help to find the cause of the abdominal pain. However, if combined with the information gained from the questions the patient was asked and the physical examination performed by the health care professional, certain blood or urine tests may be ordered and could assist in determining the diagnosis.

  • One of the most important tests is to see if a woman is pregnant.
  • A raised white blood cell count may mean infection or may just be a reaction to the stress of pain and vomiting.
  • A low blood count (hemoglobin) may show that the patient is bleeding internally, but most conditions that involve bleeding are not painful.
  • Blood in the urine, which may not be visible to the eye, may suggest the patient may have a kidney stone.
  • Other blood tests, such as liver enzymes and pancreas enzymes, can help determine which organ is involved, but they do not point to a diagnosis.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/7/2014

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