The clinical laboratory plays a critical role in the diagnosis and management of endocrine and related metabolic disorders, which are leading causes of morbidity and mortality in children and adults. This eagerly awaited second edition of the Handbook of Diagnostic Endocrinology provides a ready reference for the evaluation, diagnosis, and monitoring of such disorders.
The book is written specifically for clinical chemists, chemical pathologists, endocrinologists, and senior medical technologists to aid them in the investigation of endocrine and metabolic disorders. In addition to covering the most common disorders
such as diabetes, thyroid dysfunction, dyslipidemia, and metabolic bone disease, the book also addresses the less common conditions such as endocrine disorders of the gastrointestinal tract, disorders of the adrenal and pituitary glands, malignancy-associated endocrine disorders, and reproductive endocrinology. In this updated edition, the laboratory evaluations of AIDS endocrinopathies, endocrine hypertension, the
metabolic syndrome and obesity, and short stature in children are also introduced.
Based on an understanding of normal physiology, each chapter focuses on the biochemical tests that are required, either in the basal state or following provocation or suppression, to assist in the diagnosis of the various disorders. Proper sample collection is also described, and relevant interpretations of laboratory tests are provided.