blood test before colonscopy

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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/2/2008 9:05 PM (GMT -7)   
My friend has emphysema like I do. Her Doctor will not order a colonscopy till she has a blood tests and we cannot figure out why. I have them more than I would like and neither gastro Dr. has ever asked for blood work. Do your Doctors require blood work and what would they be looking for?

Sarita
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   Posted 10/3/2008 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   
A standard CBC (complete blood count) looks at a number of things, including the number, shape, and size of your white and red blood cells, your iron levels, stuff like that. A comprehensive metabolic panel (CMP) checks your electrolytes (potassium, sodium, chloride, etc.). In people with co-existing conditions, this would make sense to do, just to get a baseline measurement. No biggie!
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Canyonbabe711
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   Posted 10/3/2008 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
There really isn't anything in the blood work that would relate to her breathing problem. She is going to ask him when she sees him what he is looking for. I am also going to ask my pulmonologist next week when I get my flu shot cause he has never requested one before my tests nor have the gastro's.
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