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Clinical Biochemistry
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Homeostasis Human beings are constantly adapting their processes to maintain the most efficient equilibrium for its functions Achieved by altering the milieu within cells and in the environment around it
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Disease When this balance is disturbed the body takes countermeasures to restore the state that it needs When these reactions are inadequate or to vigorous as to compensate a disease exists
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Clinical Biochem Basis Often the changes that diseases cause in the cells give rise to abnormal amounts of chemicals in the cells and fluids that bathe them This is what we measure when we perform lab test
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Biochemical Tests They pick-up changes
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Unformatted text preview: • Rarely do they pick-up stimuli Pathognomic Test • A specific disease causing a detectable amount of chemicals only present with that condition • rare Biochemical Tests • Purpose for doing them: • Diagnosis • Management • Other • Pure curiosity • Tradition • Avoid litigation Biochemical Testing • Value of information depends on the knowledge of the physician and the ability to pay for the test • Ideally you want the fewest possible tests, to obtain the appropriate information Biochemical Testing • More useful for acute illnesses as opposed to chronic Biochemical Testing • Relevance to chiropractors???...
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