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July 2011

Best Tests

Making sense of serum protein bands

Serum protein bands (monoclonal gammopathy) will sometimes be found following serum protein electrophoresis in patients presenting with classic signs or symptoms of multiple myeloma, e.g. bone pain. In other cases, patients may have non-specific symptoms, meaning the discovery of a protein band in the serum is more unexpected. View Article

Routine laboratory testing during pregnancy

Most general practitioners no longer offer lead maternity care but may still be involved with the initial confirmation of pregnancy and first laboratory tests, and will still provide general care. This article provides guidance on appropriate testing in early pregnancy, throughout pregnancy and information about common changes to testing reference ranges during pregnancy. View Article

Quiz Feedback: Thrombophilia, CRP & Fungal Infections

This quiz feedback provides an opportunity to revisit Best Tests, March 2011 View Article