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From Fernie, British Columbia, Canada:

Can the blood work for testing the thyroid and cholesterol be tested using the fingerstick blood test or must it be done with the venous blood work?


The choice of fingerstick versus venous (a blood draw in the arm) for thyroid and cholesterol testing depends on the capabilities of the individual laboratory. Most of the time, these tests require so much blood that a fingerstick won't work and a venous draw is necessary.


Original posting 22 Feb 2006
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