What is the role of lab testing in the workup of hip fractures?

Updated: Jan 08, 2019
  • Author: Naveenpal S Bhatti, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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See the list below:

  • If the diagnosis of hip fracture is still under consideration after taking into account the patient's history and presentation, laboratory studies should be ordered based on the patient and the potential for surgery. Laboratory studies to consider may include the following:

    • Complete blood cell (CBC) count

    • Electrolytes evaluation

    • Serum urea nitrogen value

    • Creatinine value

    • Glucose level

    • Urinalysis (UA)

    • Prothrombin time (PTT)

    • Activated partial thromboplastin time (APTT)

    • Arterial blood gas (ABG) determination

  • These studies are used to determine the patient's medical condition before surgery and to allow correction of any abnormalities before surgical intervention.


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