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Full check up in a clinic in Istanbul, Turkey: Know everything

The complete health check is a series of medical tests. It is a medical consultation with a general practitioner. Often, the doctor will refer his patient to a specialist if the test results indicate the presence of any disease.

The full check-up, otherwise known as the "preventive medical examination" consists of a set of analyses and medical tests. These can be performed systematically, occasionally or periodically on a healthy or sick subject. The purpose of the preventive medical examination is to assess, at an early stage, the state of health of an individual.

Thanks to Turquie Santé, your full check-up in a clinic or hospital in Turkey will guarantee the accuracy of the diagnosis. Depending on the results of the examinations, you may also benefit from medical care that meets your expectations.

Health check in Turkey: what does it consist of?

There is no such thing as a standard preventive medical examination. The general assessment can be specific taking into account some factors such as gender, age or profession.

It can usually consist of several stages, tests and exams such as:

The medical history

The medical history begins with an open question to the patient. The doctor invites the patient to speak. His goal is to find out what motivated the patient to consult him. To find out if this is a periodic measurement, if the patient needs it for a certificate or if they are worried about having a disease.

Then the doctor is interested in family and medical history, ethnic, socio-economic, professional aspects as well as the lifestyle of the patient. All of this can be detected by a series of questions and answers between the doctor and the patient.

Then, the anamnesis is supplemented by other specific questions in order to clarify the points which were not mentioned by the patient. Thus, the family and medical history requires further explanation. It is possible at this stage for the doctor to consult the patient's medical file if necessary.

Note that no detail should be overlooked and any new information is important.

The doctor also asks for the patient's immunization status, based on a written document if possible.

Then the health professional asks questions about the environmental and occupational risk factors. A methodical history helps bring up points about which the patient himself may never have wondered. This may relate to his eating habits, physical activity, behavior with regard to sexually transmitted diseases, and mental health.

Thus, the medical history is the heart of the preventive medical examination to allow the doctor to focus his attention. The technical examination then completes the answers obtained during the anamnesis.

The clinical examination

The clinical examination is basic and oriented according to the patient's medical history. In medicine, this step is a test to collect general information such as weight, height or temperature.

The data obtained are then compared with those obtained by the history.

Then, Para-clinical examinations are prescribed based on these data. Preventive measures and advice are also offered. This part of the preventive medical examination is very important.

The general check-up may include:

  • Blood test and urinalysis;
  • Hearing and visual examinations;
  • An ECG;
  • An oral-dental examination;
  • If the patient is over 65: examination for memory problems or eye diseases (age-related macular degeneration);
  • If the patient is a smoker: chest x-ray;
  • If the patient is a female: examination oriented to gynecology, mammography, etc;
  • If the patient previously had cancer: an oncology-oriented examination.

At the end of the check-up, the doctor draws the conclusions and suggests regular follow-up. It is also possible that a disease is diagnosed requiring a consultation directed to a specialist.

Full health check up: what is it for?

A full check up is a measure that assesses the health of the patient. This way, if a disease is detected, the patient will be well prepared to fight it. Other benefits are beneficial to patients such as:

Prevention of age-related diseases

  • Prevention of thyroid gland illness: The first test to find a goiter is a palpation. Then a blood test is possible to measure the levels of thyroid hormones. If the gland is abnormally large, an ultrasound may be done to examine the thyroid. If the latter presents an abnormality, the doctor will refer the patient to an endocrinologist.
  • Prevention of osteoporosis : From the age of fifty, a bone densitometry examination is necessary every three or five years to assess the mineral density e bone. This examination is recommended in case of spontaneous fracture, taking corticosteroids for a long time and premature menopause.
  • Prevention of heart disease : The physical examination includes cardiac and pulmonary auscultation. This examination is recommended if the patient is a smoker, overweight or elderly.
  • Prevention of diabetes : If the patient has hyperglycemia, it will be necessary to perform a fasting blood test every trimester.
  • The hearing : Audiometry helps prevent hearing loss. It is also recommended screening for presbycusis with an ENT (Otolaryngologist).

Prevent cancer

Several types of cancer can be treated in time thanks to the full check up, such as:

  • Breast cancer : From the age of 40, a mammogram should be done every two years to check for possible breast cancer. Mammography can spot small lesions early, increasing the chances of recovery.
  • Cancer of the uterus : From the age of twenty, a smear is necessary every three years for sexually active women. The purpose of the smear examination is to prevent cervical cancer by checking for dysplasia.
  • Prostate cancer : When there is an abnormality in the prostate, this gland becomes enlarged. Therefore, men have difficulty urinating. It is therefore important to perform a blood test called a PSA every two years. Depending on the result, you may need a digital rectal exam once a year to examine the prostate.
  • Colorectal cancer : From the age of fifty, an immunological test is recommended every two years to detect possible colorectal cancer. People over the age of 50 should also have a Hemoccult test (checking for blood in the stool). Depending on the results, a colonoscopy may be ordered. The latter involves studying the condition of the colon wall using a probe equipped with a camera. This test is recommended for people with a history of colon cancer. It is also necessary in cases of digestive bleeding, pain, constipation or chronic diarrhea.

Prevention of STDs

Sexually transmitted infections are diseases caused by viruses that can be transmitted during sex. It is necessary to screen for sexually transmitted diseases two weeks after unprotected intercourse. STD screening is strongly recommended for people who have risky sex or with multiple partners.

How much does a full Check up cost at a hospital in Istanbul, Turkey?

The price of a full preventive medical examination depends on your age. This is an important factor that can determine the number of tests needed to assess your condition.

For a thorough check-up in a private clinic in Istanbul, Turkey lasts two days. Indeed, it is necessary to count the blood tests, the urinary analyzes, the eye examinations, the auditory control and so on.

Usually, the rates for medical services in a hospital or clinic in Turkey are not very high. However, it is possible to get an estimate. For this, contact the advisers of Turkey Santé to have your personalized quote free of charge.

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Frequently asked questions

The medical check-up is a series of preventive medical examinations, whether they are regular or occasional.

It is recommended to have a general health check every five years from adulthood.

The cost of a general health check-up in Turkey varies according to the patient's profile (age, sex, etc.). 

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