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Help CS patient note (diagnostic tests/workup section)

Just took CS and thought the experience was ok overall (nobody remembers to ask every question they are supposed to or performs every part of the PE, we all make mistakes) but am concerned about the note. I didn't come across one case after which I thought I needed to put 5 differentials (5 is the max and I usually listed 3-4), but I had a hard time on half the cases, give or take, of limiting my diagnostic tests/workups to 5.
I studied FA and in many cases, they grouped things together like CBC, electrolytes as one test, AST,ALT,alk phos, bili as one test, UA, urine culture as one test, and so on.
All of their groupings were related and I am wondering of anyone has any experience with this and might have done what I did and still passed. I wasn't foolish and grouped CT head with rectal exam or anything like that, but I did group CT head, MRI brain and XR knee, MRI knee and rectal exam, pelvic exam.
Some lists could have had 8 different tests grouped on 5 lines. There's another thread on this but nobody was too helpful there, so I'm hoping someone might be able to help here.

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Yes, it's perfectly fine to have 3 or 4 differentials and/or 3-4 work up lines.

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Grouping The Work up Tests?

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Yes, it's perfectly fine to have 3 or 4 differentials and/or 3-4 work up lines.

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Grouping The Work up Tests?

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My question is not whether or not it's ok to have fewer than 5 of those things, it's whether or not you can group multiple tests on one line, ultimately having more than 5 diagnostic tests/workups.
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Yes. It's OK to group similar tests together.

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