Screening & Diagnostic Tests: Don't fall for the sales push
Preventive healthcare packages are targeted at everyone right from age two. While diagnostic tests are necessary to find what made you unhealthy, screening is often unnecessary and harmful. Raj Pradhan collates advice from sensible doctors
Abhijit Patil’s (name changed) toddler son suffered from frequent recurrence of high fever. The recommended blood tests for malaria, typhoid and jaundice did not lead to a diagnosis. This led to additional tests like chest X-ray, blood culture and TB test at the Hinduja Hospital in Mumbai. A second opinion with another paediatrician, who...
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