No clinically relevant laboratory studies associated with degenerative disc disease have been found. However, if a malignancy is suggested, lab studies, including determination of the complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, and alkaline phosphatase levels and serum protein electrophoresis, may be helpful. Conversely, if a rheumatologic cause of spine pain is considered, then lab tests for antinuclear antibody, rheumatoid factor, uric acid, and HLA-B27 levels may be beneficial.
Written By Nathan Walters, M.D.
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