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Blood tests are used to diagnose and monitor many different health conditions. One or more small vials of blood is taken and studied in various ways to get information about what is happening inside your child’s body.
By examining the different kinds of cells, chemicals and proteins in the blood, your child's doctor gains a better understanding of your child’s health and how the different organs in the body are functioning. Blood tests also help determine the reasons behind a variety of symptoms, including unexplained bruises, tiredness and inflammation. Most blood tests take just a few minutes.
Blood tests are typically performed on an outpatient basis. They require a needle stick, so it is a good idea to prepare your child by reminding him or her that the procedure is not painful. He or she may feel a pinch at the site where the needle is inserted or may feel nothing at all. Most blood tests only take a couple of minutes to complete.
You can expect the following:
The vials of blood will be sent to a laboratory where they will be tested. Your child's doctor will call you when he or she has received the blood test results.
Common blood tests performed by doctors at Riley at IU Health include:
Doctors at Riley at IU Health also perform a range of gastrointestinal blood tests. Your child's gastroenterologist may order one or more of the following tests to gain a clearer understanding of how the organs in your child's gastrointestinal system are working and to help diagnose specific conditions: