This concise, highly practical guide to the interpretation of normal and abnormal laboratory results is now fully revised and expanded, with updates on established and familiar tests, as well as interpretations on recent developments.
With increasing responsibility being placed on primary care, this new edition presents guidelines on specific clinical conditions such as heart failure, management of female infertility, specific lipid monitoring in diabetes and guidance for monitoring renal failure. It also includes suggestions for appropriate laboratory tests in certain clinical situations, for example: dementia screen, screening tests when a patient presents with a neuropathy, and appropriate tests for patients presenting with hypertension, chronic fatigue syndrome, erectile dysfunction and gynaecomastia. Completely up-to-date, A Guide to Laboratory Investigations, Sixth Editionremains an essential reference for all healthcare professionals.
"Probably one of the most useful books I have ever bought. Answers all those questions when, as a GP, you are faced with an obscure test result that you are not sure what to do with"
— A. Patrick, Amazon.co.uk Review
Preface. Glossary. Introduction. Laboratory tests in certain clinical situations. Liver screen. Suspected irritable bowel syndrome. PMR ESR raised. Pruritus in the elderly. Coeliac annual screen. Recurrent miscarriage. Children with growing pains. Claudication. Dementia screen. Phaeochromocytoma. Paget's disease. Hirsutism. Chronic fatigue syndrome. Unexplained weight loss. Myeloma. Erectile dysfunction. Tinnitus. Malaria. SLE. Osteoporosis. Pruritus. Hypertension. Gynaecomastia. Unexplained loss of consciousness. MGUS. Patient taking a statin. Hyperparathyroidism. CKD monitoring. Investigations following an unexplained low-risk DVT. Haematology. Referring to a haematologist. Cases that the haematologist must see. Red cell indices. Anaemia. White cell indices. Platelets. Blood coagulation tests. Warfarin in practice. Thrombophilia. Haemoglobinopathies. Common haematological terms. Microbiology. Gastrointestinal organisms. Urogenital organisms. Fungal nail disease. Other organisms. Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). Fertility and pregnancy testing. Female hormone profiles. Semen analysis. Pregnancy tests. Rhesus blood group testing. Alpha-fetoproteins. Rheumatology and immunology. Testing for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Hepatitis B. Autoantibodies. Initiation and monitoring of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs). Biochemistry. Liver function tests (LFTs). Faecal urobilinogen. Urea and electrolytes. Chronic kidney disease (CKD). Urine biochemistry. Blood sugar. Cardiac troponins. Creatine kinase (CK). Lactic dehydrogenase (LDH). Thyroid function tests. Blood lipids. Faecal fats. Coeliac disease. Miscellaneous. Therapeutic target ranges of commonly monitored drugs. Interpretation of cervical smears. Urinalysis. Microscopic haematuria. Faecal occult blood. Investigation of leg ulcers. Interpreting DEXA scans in screening for osteoporosis. Index.