The main purpose of this Manual is to provide useful guidelines for the selection of pathology tests and to facilitate interpretation of results.
Contains a comprehensive listing of all genes from the Human Gene Nomenclature Committee (HGNC) database alongside laboratories and tests available in the country.
A manual for the process of macroscopic dissection in Anatomical Pathology laboratories.
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Hypercalcaemia may need to be verified and common artefacts excluded, by collecting a fasting blood specimen without using a tourniquet (stasis-free); see Table 1.
Calcium: total and corrected; ionised if presence of true hypercalcaemia is doubtful. Albumin.
Further assessment should include Phosphate, Electrolytes, Creatinine, Urea, Alkaline phosphatase, Full blood count, Erythrocyte sedimentation rate.
See above, and Table 1.
Review clinical findings, Full blood count, Blood film.
See also Leucoerythroblastic anaemia.
Review clinical findings for evidence of primary tumour.
Parathyroid hormone related protein, if diagnosis uncertain or if indicated as a tumour marker for monitoring therapy.
Plasma cell myeloma
Vitamin D toxicity
Vitamin D (25-hydroxy) if vitamin D2 or D3 taken; Vitamin D 1,25-dihydroxy if calcitriol taken.
Vitamin A toxicity
Familial hypocalciuric hypercalcaemia
High bone turnover states, especially
See also Pathology Decision Support Tool: Hypercalcaemia
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