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Recommendations for taking a blood sample for pre-treatment analysis

Preparing for a blood draw for lab analysis

Edward M. Lichten, M.D., F.A.C.O.G., F.A.C.S.

Fellow, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Fellow, American College of Surgeons

600 West Brown Street Suite #202

Birmingham, MI 48009

Office phone: (248) 593.9999  

Cellular Phone: (248) 420.8726   

Fax: (248) 593.9037

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Lichten’s focus for forty years has been the treatment of autoimmune and chronic diseases with natural, bio-identical androgenic anabolic steroids derived from testosterone.

Preparation Steps

  1. Patients preparing for a blood draw should fast for 24 hours beforehand.  
  2. Avoid taking any non-critical medications for at least 24 hours beforehand.
  3. Avoid caffeine, smoking or other intakes that might affect blood content.
  4. Please arrive early to the appointment to avoid logistical delays.


Please also note the following, and take all necessary related steps.

For patient giving the blood sample

1.       Patient blood sample for laboratory diagnosis is non-infectious – virus, bacteria, or bacteriophage

2.       If patient is taking medication, please provide 2 tablets of each, packaged separately and marked with the medication name.

For medical personnel taking the blood sample

3.       Samples for First-time patients should be filled to 40mL into Heparin (green-top) tubes.

4.       Samples for patients previously analyzed should be min. 20mL and can be sent in any type of tube.

5.       Please provide main diagnosis for which treatment is sought and any other pre-existing medical conditions below: