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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10 mL blood in plain tube (for serum) or lithium heparin tube (for lymphocytes).
HIV-1 RNA is amplified and then measured by immunoassay. The result is derived by comparison with standard curves and expressed as viral equivalents (copies)/mL.
Monitoring the course of HIV infection, including prognosis and response to treatment. CD4 counts are also used to monitor HIV infection; see Lymphocyte immunophenotyping. In neonates, to assess whether HIV antibody is maternally derived or indicates infection.
The test measures viral load and provides a predictor of disease course and prognosis, independent of CD4 counts. High viral load is associated with a poor prognosis if detected early in the course of the disease. Decreased viral load in response to treatment is associated with an improved long term outcome.
Holodniy M. Clin Lab Med. 1994; 14: 335-349.
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The RCPA is the leading organisation representing Pathologists and Senior Scientists in Australasia.
Its mission is to train and support pathologists and senior scientists and to improve the use of pathology testing to achieve better healthcare.
The annual scientific meeting for the RCPA which covers the scientific disciplines of Anatomical, Chemical, Forensic, Genetic, General, Haematology, Immunopathology and Microbiology.
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