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Biochemistry in medicine—reference intervals: the use of biochemical analysis for diagnosis and management 

Biochemistry in medicine—reference intervals: the use of biochemical analysis for diagnosis and management

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Biochemistry in medicine—reference intervals: the use of biochemical analysis for diagnosis and management
Author(s):

P. Holloway

and Heather Stoddart

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199204854.003.03201_update_001

Update:

Reference intervals modified to bring them in line with recommendations of United Kingdom task force (Harmony).

Updated on 30 Nov 2011. The previous version of this content can be found here.
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date: 18 August 2017

Biochemistry, biochemical testing, and specialist biochemical practitioners have an important role in clinical practice in both diagnosis and management, as emphasized by the fact that some discussion of biochemical testing appears in almost every chapter of this book. Included in this chapter are (1) a listing of the reference intervals (formerly termed reference ranges) for the most widely used biochemical tests, with conversion factors included (where appropriate) to convert intervals from SI to conventional units, and their grouping into organ system profiles in common usage; (2) description of the pitfalls and limitations of interpretation of reference intervals; and (3) some commonly used protocols for dynamic function tests....

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