Wallach's Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests

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  • Edition: 9th
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2011-06-29
  • Publisher: LWW
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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
  • A companion website, http://solution.lww.com/wallachstests9e with additional online-only content, an image bank with algorithms and tables which can be easily exported into PPT for lectures and presentations, and access to a complimentary mobile application.


Table of Contents

Contributors vii Tribute to Jacques Wallach ix Preface xi Preface to the First Edition xiii   C H A P T E R 1 Introduction to Laboratory Medicine 1 L.V. Rao   C H A P T E R 2 Laboratory Tests 10 L.V. Rao, Liberto Pechet, Amanda Jenkins, Edward I. Ginns, Marzena Galdzicka, Guy Vallaro, Charles Kiefer, and Patricia Minehart Miron   C H A P T E R 3 Infectious Diseases Assays 396 Michael J. Mitchell and L.V. Rao   C H A P T E R 4 Cardiovascular Disorders 498 Guy Vallaro   C H A P T E R 5 Central Nervous System Disorders 526 Juliana Szakacs   C H A P T E R 6 Digestive Diseases 562 L. Michael Snyder and Michael J. Mitchell   C H A P T E R 7 Endocrine Diseases 652 Hongbo Yu   C H A P T E R 8 Renal and Urinary Tract Diseases 706 Liberto Pechet and Charles Kiefer   C H A P T E R 9 Gynecologic and Obstetric Disorders 765 Liberto Pechet and Mary Williamson   C H A P T E R 10 Hematologic Disorders 785 Liberto Pechet   C H A P T E R 11 Hereditary and Genetic Diseases 900 Marzena Galdzicka, Patricia Minehart Miron, and Edward I. Ginns   C H A P T E R 12 Immune and Autoimmune Diseases 929 Liberto Pechet   C H A P T E R 13 Infectious Diseases 941 Michael J. Mitchell   C H A P T E R 14 Respiratory, Metabolic, and Acid-Base Disorders 1037 L.V. Rao and Michael J. Mitchell   C H A P T E R 15 Toxicology and Therapeutic Drug Monitoring 1083 Amanda Jenkins   Appendix: Abbreviations and Acronyms 1099 Index 1105

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