Manual of Lab Investigations in Rheumatic Diseases

by Sham Santhanam

here is a dearth of quality books concentrating on this pertinent topic Lab Investigations in Rheumatic Diseases. This book aims to fill this void, with 15 well thought out chapters dealing with all available investigations used in the management of rheumatic diseases. These chapters cover the methodology of investigations, their indications and interpretation. The chapters include typical immunological investigations used in AIRDs like rheumatoid factor, anti-CCP, antinuclear antibody (ANA), antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA), antiphospholipid antibodies, HLA-B27, C3, C4 to common investigations like hemogram, peripheral smear, inflammatory markers and their clinical significance when dealing with rheumatic diseases. The authors have included illustrative images (e.g., various patterns of immunofluorescence in ANA, ANCA), tables and flowcharts for easy comprehension and quick reference. There is a separate chapter on ‘synovial fluid analysis’ for helping out readers to send the correct investigation after a synovial fluid aspiration; that can aid a proper diagnosis. This book will serve as a handy manual for clinicians in their daily practice.


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