Description : Providing the answers for a range of adult and paediatric conditions, this text summarises the available tests for most diseases, explaining what the results mean, and discussing differential diagnoses. It also includes additional tests based on molecular biology.
Description : Wallach’s Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, now in its Ninth Edition, has been completely revised and updated by a new author team from the Department of Hospital Laboratories, UMass Memorial Medical Center faculty, who are carrying on the tradition of Jacques Wallach’s teachings. This text serves as a practical guide to the use of laboratory tests which aids physicians in using tests more effectively and efficiently by offering test outcomes, possible meanings, differential diagnosis, and summaries of tests available. The book has been reorganized into 2 sections. The first section is devoted to an alphabetical listing of laboratory tests while stressing the integration of the clinical laboratory in the clinical decision making process. Test sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative infectious disease probabilities are included whenever appropriate. Microbiology tests are listed in a separate chapter. The second section is devoted to disease states. Where appropriate, a patient’s chief complaint and/or physical findings are initially presented with subsequent discussions focused on discrete disease states as they relate to a patient’s chief complaint. Current molecular diagnostic testing, cytogenetics, common pitfalls, test limitations, and identification of appropriate tests for specific clinical presentations are also addressed. Ninth Edition highlights include: Detailed listing and description of routine and esoteric tests listed alphabetically, with information on when to order and how to interpret the test results based on evidence-based laboratory medicine. Information on how to work up patients with specific symptoms and the appropriate lab tests to order Up-to-date test procedures including molecular diagnostic tests Detailed microbiology chapter of infectious diseases
Description : This condensed, pocket-sized version of Dr. Wallach's Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests, Sixth Edition is a portable quick-reference guide to common laboratory tests. It provides immediate answers to everyday questions such as whether a test result is normal or abnormal and what might be causing an abnormal result. Readers can search for answers in the way that best suits their needs--by the index or table of contents or by specific test, result (normal/abnormal), or disease.
Description : The bulk of this practical manual for clinicians is devoted to the discussion of the interpretation of diagnostic tests. Entries for some 400 tests are arranged alphabetically and include information on costs, normal values, and additional tests that can be used to pin down the diagnosis. About 170 of the entries include algorithms of the differential diagnosis of the test. The author also lists appropriate tests for numerous symptoms and suspected diseases. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Description : The second edition of this guide contains revised and updated chapters from the first edition and completely new chapters on diagnostic reasoning, thyroid function tests, and glycemia tests. Among the tests covered are routine chest radiographs, blood cultures, carcinoembryonic antigen tests, and throat cultures and rapid tests for diagnosis of A streptococcal pharyngitis.
Description : Diagnostic Tests: A Prescriber’s Guide to Test Selection and Interpretation is a five-part reference manual intended for all test prescribers, and written and reviewed by physicians, medical technologists, and advanced practice practitioners. Part I includes the basic information necessary to fully understand test characteristics (such as accuracy, specificity, sensitivity, precision, risks, interfering factors, and pre- and posttest probability) and an overview of selection criteria by test type. Part II covers over 300 commonly prescribed tests using bulleted information to provide an overview of the test and a guide to interpreting test results. Part III, organized by disorder, uses flowcharts to direct test selection based on probable diagnosis and disease stage. Part IV provides the basics of 12-lead-ECG test interpretation, and Part V includes key diagnostic findings in major disorders. Special features of this text include logos alerting the reader to potentially life-threatening issues and age-specific logos that indicate age-related changes in test selection and interpretation. Appendices include a quick guide to additional diagnostic tests, an illustrated guide to home testing, and a Website guide to diagnostic test information.
Description : Decisions of when to order and how to interpret diagnostic tests form the cornerstone of medical care. However, interpreting a patient's test results in the context of their clinical presentation is not always straightforward. The objective rigor of diagnostic tests may be perceived as providing superior information, compared to the clinical evaluation. Prior studies demonstrate that clinicians at all levels of experience and fields of expertise may not consistently incorporate two critical points of uncertainty in diagnostic decision making: imperfect test accuracy and the pre-test probability of the disease being investigated. This new book highlights some pitfalls in diagnostic reasoning in this regard, and emphasizes strategies to incorporate clinical and diagnostic information, including uncertainty therein, to optimize diagnostic reasoning.
Description : Over the past 20 years, diagnostic tests for pediatric pulmonologists have revolutionized care of children afflicted with respiratory disorders. These tests have been used to not only help in diagnosis, but also in the management and treatment of these children. Bronchoscopic, imaging and physiologic advances have improved clinical care of these children and have been used as outcome measures in research trials. Diagnostic Tests in Pediatric Pulmonology: Applications and Interpretation describes the various diagnostic modalities (especially the newer ones) that are available for the evaluation of pediatric respiratory disorders. It also provides an understanding of the advantages and limitations of each test so that the clinician may choose the most appropriate ones. An internationally renowned group of authors describe how best to interpret the key findings in a variety of tests as well as the possible pitfalls in incorrect interpretation. This volume focuses on the main diagnostic modalities used in the evaluation of pediatric patients with respiratory disorders and presents up-to-date information on the advantages and limitations of each test for a variety of conditions encountered in the practice of pediatric pulmonology. Clinical utility of these tests is also highlighted. This valuable resource is well suited to practicing clinicians, including pediatric pulmonologists, pediatricians and primary care practitioners, as well as trainees, respiratory therapists and clinical researchers.