Which lab tests are indicated for the diagnosis of a transient ischemic attack (TIA)?

Updated: Dec 03, 2018
  • Author: Ashish Nanda, MD; Chief Editor: Andrew K Chang, MD, MS  more...
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Additional laboratory tests, ordered as needed and on the basis of the history, include the following:

  • Screening for hypercoagulable states (particularly in younger patients with no known vascular risk factors) [1]

  • Syphilis serology

  • Antiphospholipid antibodies

  • Toxicology screens

  • Hemoglobin electrophoresis

  • Serum protein electrophoresis

  • Cerebrospinal fluid examination


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