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Further Medical Assessments

Further medical investigations can happen at later appointments

Work your way through these investigations at a pace that works for you and your patient. 

The following medical investigations may be conducted as indicated:

  • ECG

Useful in all individuals as it provides a more accurate resting pulse and assesses for arrhythmia's (especially prolonged QTc which is common with severe weight loss).

  • Blood Tests

This may include: full blood count, electrolytes, liver function tests, glucose, calcium, magnesium, phosphate, thyroid stimulating hormone, tri-iodothyronine, serum thyroxine, follicle stimulating hormone, luteinising hormone and oestradiol. 

  • Bone Densitometry

Indicated in individuals that are restricting their energy intake for >6 months, if underweight, with or without amenorrhoea. 

  • Other Investigations

Erythrocyte sedimentation rate, ferritin, B12, folate, anti-transglutaminase antibodies and stool microscopy.