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Blood biochemistry: overview

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Overview

Uses

In combination

  • Biochemical tests are useful only when combined with clinical data from history and physical examination of the patient.
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Sampling

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Tests

Methodologies

  • A number of different methodologies may be available for any given test.

Availability

  • Many tests are routinely available - if in doubt, contact the laboratory to confirm availability of a specific test.

Validity

Sensitivity

  • The percentage of diseased animals with abnormal results.

Specificity

  • The percentage of non-diseased animals with normal results.

Predictive value

  • How well the test performs in a given population of animals (the probability that the result reflects the true status of the animal).

Technique intrinsic limitations

  • In general, results of any given test are most significant when interpreted in conjunction with other laboratory and clinical findings.

Result Data

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed Papers

  • Recent references from PubMed and VetMedResource.
    Hein J, Spreyer F, Sauter-Louis C et al (2012) Reference ranges for laboratory parameters in ferrets. Vet Rec 171, 218 PubMed.

Other sources of information

  • Fudge A M (1999) Laboratory Medicine. Avian and Exotic Pets. W B Saunders Co. ISBN: 0721 676 790.