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How can you get an interpretation of your blood lab results?

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It is possible to get an interpretation of blood lab results from WebMD and MedlinePlus. The American Association for Clinical Chemistry, at LabTestsOnline.org, can also help with understanding laboratory test results. Other good resources for deciphering blood test results are AARP.org and the National Institutes of Health.

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WebMD includes information on why blood tests are performed in the laboratory and what the results could mean. It also explains what false positive and false negative tests convey, and discusses the units of measurement and the reference ranges of laboratory tests. It gives reasons for why the reference range can vary form laboratory to laboratory, and which factors can affect test results.

Lab Tests Online provides extensive information on interpreting lab reports, to make better informed decisions. Users of the website can read about sample collection and the reliability of blood tests. The website also includes a sample lab report and discusses the elements included in a typical lab report.

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has a directory of medical tests and FDA-approved laboratory tests. The National Institutes of Health lists the normal result range of commonly performed blood tests to enable users to perform a comparison and interpretation of their own blood test results. AARP.org provides information to help users decode their laboratory results.

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