Handbook of Clinical Laboratory Testing During Pregnancy / Edition 1

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Overview

Although a pregnant woman undergoes a multitude of physiological adaptations that profoundly change her biochemical and biophysical characteristics and is also subject to a variety of pregnancy-specific diseases, until now no comprehensive text was available that focused exclusively on clinical laboratory testing during pregnancy. In the Handbook of Clinical Laboratory Testing During Pregnancy, practicing specialists in pathology, laboratory medicine, and obstetrics comprehensively summarize the latest scientific findings and their experiences in the use and interpretation of laboratory testing in patients who are pregnant or experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss. Topics of interest include the effects of normal physiological changes on test results, test selection for diagnosis, changes in reference ranges, monitoring the pregnant patient, new technologies, and the limitations of laboratory testing. The authors not only clearly explain currently used test methods and technologies for the nontechnical reader, but also provide comprehensive practical details for laboratory professionals. Beyond clinical chemistry, additional disciplines covered include molecular biology, serology, immunology, hematology, endocrinology, and microbiology, in addition to help in the evaluation of numerous pathological states. The comprehensive appendix that compiles published normal reference ranges by first, second, and third trimester constitutes an excellent resource for professionals caring for pregnant women. Multidisciplinary and highly practical, the Handbook of Clinical Laboratory Testing During Pregnancy offers laboratory physicians, obstetricians, nurses, midwives, and pediatricians a gold-standard reference source and guide to the optimal use and interpretation of clinical laboratory testing during pregnancy today.
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Reviewer: Valerie L. Ng, PhD MD(Alameda County Medical Center/Highland Hospital)
Description: This book contains all the information one could ever want regarding clinical laboratory findings during pregnancy.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the first ever laboratory medicine book on laboratory diagnosis of various maternal or fetal conditions during pregnancy. This information does not exist elsewhere in a convenient and concise form. The authors have succeeded well in their endeavor.
Audience: This book would appeal to anyone interested in the laboratory manifestations of pregnancy in the mother and fetus, including clinical laboratory scientists (CLS) in training or practice, medical students, residents and fellows in obstetrics and gynecology or laboratory medicine/pathology, and practicing physicians of any specialty who treat or test specimens from pregnant women.
Features: What a surprise for this naive reviewer — enough information about pregnancy and disease states, and laboratory related issues during pregnancy, to fill an entire 19 chapter, 441 page textbook! This book is a stunning tour de force of everything one could ever want to know about how pregnancy - with or without coexisting diseases - affects laboratory tests. The authors chosen to write each of the chapters are world renowned experts in each of their areas, and this expertise is readily apparent to the reader. Each chapter is authoritative, comprehensively yet concisely covers the topic under discussion, and finishes with extensive references (often >100 references per chapter). Imagine, a 50-page chapter dealing only with prenatal screening tests for fetal abnormalities and surrounding psychological or commercial issues! I was in awe of the sheer comprehensiveness of this book.
Assessment: This is a unique and valuable contribution to laboratory medicine, and the most comprehensive book around focusing on how pregnancy affects laboratory test values. Anyone treating and/or testing specimens from pregnant women and their fetuses should get this book.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781588292704
  • Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York, LLC
  • Publication date: 5/28/2004
  • Series: Current Clinical Pathology Series
  • Edition description: 2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.18 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
1 Human pregnancy : an overview 1
2 Human chorionic gonadotropin 15
3 Biological markers of preterm delivery 35
4 Markers of fetal lung maturity 55
5 Maternal prenatal screening for fetal defects 71
6 Chromosome analysis in prenatal diagnosis 139
7 Diagnosis and monitoring of ectopic and abnormal pregnancies 159
8 Thyroid disease during pregnancy : assessment of the mother 167
9 Thyroid disease during pregnancy : assessment of the fetus 181
10 Hematology and hemostasis during pregnancy 195
11 Hemolytic disease of the newborn 219
12 Prenatal screening and diagnosis of congenital infections 245
13 Laboratory testing for group B streptococcus in the pregnant patient 291
14 Immunologic diseases of pregnancy 301
15 Recurrent pregnancy loss 327
16 Multifetal gestations 351
17 Diabetes in pregnancy 359
18 Preeclampsia, eclampsia, and hypertension 391
19 Liver diseases in pregnancy 401
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