Can You Do Lab Tests Directly For The Lungs Without A Doctor’s Referral?
I just looked at my friend’s child who has pneumonia. The child accidentally coughed and I felt for a few days as my breath was short and someone was pressing down on the chest. If I go directly to the lab without a doctor’s referral, can I do it? Or should I see a lung specialist u0026sup2; first ?
Hello Sisilia Ayu Sulistyani,
Pneumonia is inflammation of the lungs, can be caused due to viral, bacterial or fungal infections. Pneumonia is most commonly found in children under five, the elderly, patients with low body immunity, and patients who are lying in bed for a long time (not mobile).
Pneumonia is generally characterized by symptoms:
Cough (can be dry or productive / phlegm), some are coughing up blood
Rapid breathing (increased breath rate)
Out of breath
Chest X-ray (chest) is a supporting examination that can be used to establish a diagnosis of pneumonia. X-ray pneumonia can appear as infiltrates in certain lung fields, can cover the entire lung lobe (lobar pneumonia) or just patches.
Laboratory blood tests (such as a complete blood count) can provide clues about the type of infection in patients who show symptoms of pneumonia from a physical examination by a doctor. For example in bacterial pneumonia, it is common to find an increase in white blood cells (leukocytosis).
X-ray examinations in hospitals or accredited hospital radiology installations or blood laboratory examinations in clinical laboratories generally require a letter of introduction / request from the doctor. It is intended that the type of inspection carried out is precise and efficient. Not all patients with symptoms of cough / shortness of breath require laboratory support and X-rays. A doctor's examination can help determine whether or not the examination is necessary. For example from a physical examination of the lungs, it is found that there is breath sounds / abnormal lung sounds, of course, to make a diagnosis the doctor needs a supporting examination to ascertain whether there are abnormalities in the lung in accordance with the results of the examination, so that the treatment given can be more specific.
If you want to check yourself directly to the laboratory, some independent clinical laboratories allow it without an introduction from a doctor. However, interpretation of the results will then be carried out by the doctor and treatment will be given after adjusting the results of the supporting examination with the results of the physical examination and anamnesis clinical symptoms that you feel.
Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.