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Video: Medical Findings - Positive - Negative
The medical findings
The general practitioner can help with many illnesses or special health issues. She / he will almost always be the first point of contact. In the case of certain illnesses or health complaints, however, certain examinations may sometimes be necessary that the doctor does not have the opportunity to carry out in the ordination (e.g. an X-ray, laboratory examination). Therefore, she / he will refer or refer the patient to a specialist or to a laboratory.
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- What do "positive" and "negative" mean?
Your family doctor would like to have any health complaints or abnormalities clarified and will refer you to a specialist. For this purpose, the family doctor writes a referral slip on which he / she notes a suspected diagnosis and the recommended examination. You present this to the specialist.
You can find detailed information about this under specialist referral.
After the specialist examination, you will receive a medical report on which all examinations carried out and their results are recorded. You and / or your family doctor will usually receive the detailed report within the next working days by post or fax. Transmission is often also possible by email.
Note In urgent cases, the results of the findings will also be passed on directly to your family doctor, or the patient will receive a preliminary report.
After you or your family doctor have received the findings, he / she will talk to you about the findings. In this, she / he explains the results of the examination or the specialist doctor's suggestions for further procedures. Depending on the situation or the specific problem, a discussion of the findings will also take place directly with the specialist. In any case, it makes sense to find out when the findings are likely to be available so that you can arrange a diagnosis with your family doctor at this point.
What do "positive" and "negative" mean?
- In medicine, a positive test result or a positive finding means that, for example, a certain pathogen was found in a laboratory examination or abnormalities were found in an X-ray examination.
A negative result means that no diseases have been detected at this point in time.
There is also the note “oB” (without findings). This means that based on the examination methods carried out, such as X-rays or ultrasound, no detectable disease could be found. This abbreviation is mostly used in imaging diagnostics.