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I was curious about why blood samples are sometimes frozen

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I was curious about why blood samples are sometimes frozen for testing. I recently had blood work and two of the vials were to be frozen
JA: Is this a time sensitive issue? What type of specimen are they testing?
Customer: Just blood
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: I have fibromyalgia, pancreatitis, elevated liver enzymes, and I getting larger around the middle every few days. Also I have issue with depression.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 10 months ago.

Depending on the type of test being run, samples of blood, tissue and other fluids are handled in different manners. For some tests if they aren't going to be run that same day or need to be sent out to a special lab outside the hospital samples may be placed on ice or frozen to ensure that the sample won't degrade by the time it is actually going to be tested. This is why they froze your sample.

Expert:  Daniel Sheibley, MD replied 10 months ago.

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