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NACB - Scientific Shorts
NACB - Scientific Shorts (formerly NACB Blog)
By Danyel Tacker
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​Part I: Case Presentation A male in his late teens, lean and non-diabetic, was brought to the Emergency Department by his parents. Over the last several hours, he displayed increasing confusion and lethargy. At the time of presentation, he was stuporous and his function declining. Liver function ...(Read More)
By Olaia Rodriguez Fraga
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Antineoplastic agents have progressed in a remarkable way over the last years. The introduction of targeted therapies has increased the cure and remission rates in some cancers and has even turned certain cancers into chronic diseases that can be controlled or managed for months or years.  However,...(Read More)
By Julia C. Drees, Ph.D., DABCC
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​An endocrinologist contacted our laboratory to report a patient with discordant TSH results: undetectable TSH by our routine assay, the Siemens ADVIA Centaur TSH3-UL, and normal TSH by an alternate TSH assay, the Abbott Architect. The clinical picture of the patient matched the normal results. We ...(Read More)
By William Winter, MD, DABCC, FACB
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​A question recently posted on AACC’s chemistry list-serve involved correcting the serum or plasma sodium concentration for the patient’s degree of hyperglycemia in the setting of DKA. The proposed formula was: corrected sodium = measured sodium + [1.6 (glucose – 100) / 100]. The laboratory would t...(Read More)
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