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Abnormal Laboratory Results Manual
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Abnormal Laboratory Results
Foreword
Preface to the third edition
Contributors
Acknowledgments Part 1 General Issues
1 What to do about abnormal laboratory results
2 Abnormal laboratory results
3 What does the reference range of a biochemical screen test mean?
4 Pitfalls in interpreting laboratory results
5 Moving beyond sensitivity and specificity: using likelihood ratios to help interpret diagnostic tests
6 Point-of-care testing comes of age in Australia
7 Urine testing Part 2 Biochemistry Tests
8 Plasma sodium
9 Serum potassium
10 Serum urea
11 Assessing renal function
12 Interpreting arterial blood gases
13 Calcium and vitamin D
14 Magnesium: the forgotten electrolyte
15 Hyperuricaemia
16 Liver function tests
17 Interpretation and significance of high blood cholesterol
18 Managing hyperlipidaemia: criteria for investigating lipids
19 New cardiac markers
20 B-type natriuretic peptide: a new diagnostic tool for congestive heart failure
21 Thyroid function tests
22 Evaluating adrenocortical function in adults
23 The glucose tolerance test
24 Diabetes monitoring: use of glycated haemoglobin and glycated protein assays
25 Fertility testing
26 Biochemical tests in pregnancy
27 Biochemical tests for abnormalities in pregnancy
28 Interpreting paediatric biochemistry results
29 Drug screens
30 Therapeutic drug monitoring: which drugs, why, when and how to do it Part 3 Haematology Tests
31 The red cells
32 Interpreting biochemical tests for iron deficiency: diagnostic difficulties imposed by the limitations of individual tests
33 Appropriate use of tests for folate and vitamin B deficiency
34 Screening for thalassaemia and haemoglobin variants
35 Investigations for thrombotic tendencies
36 Tests of haemostasis: detecting the patient at risk of bleeding
37 Abnormal haematology results in children Part 4 Microbiology Tests
38 Hepatitis B: laboratory diagnosis and vaccination
39 Hepatitis C: laboratory diagnosis and monitoring
40 HIV testing in Australia
41 Testing for sexually transmitted infections
42 Testing for Helicobacter pylori Part 5 Immunology Tests
43 Screening for multiple myeloma
44 Testing cell-mediated immunity

45 Cell markers
46 Skin prick testing and in vitro assays for allergic sensitivity
47 Antinuclear antibodies (ANA)
48 Rheumatoid factor and anti-citrullinated peptide antibody Part 6 Genetic Tests
49 BRCA testing for familial breast cancer
Index

About the Author

Geoffrey Kellerman Emeritus Professor of Biochemical Science at the University of Newcastle, NSW, Australia.

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