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September 2011

Best Tests

A primary care approach to sodium and potassium imbalance

Interpreting and managing a laboratory result of abnormal sodium or potassium levels is a common scenario in general practice. Electrolyte imbalances are more common in older people and in people with co-morbidities. The immediate cause of the imbalance is usually clinically apparent, e.g. fluid overload or depletion. In many cases medicines are implicated as a contributing cause. Indications for urgent referral to secondary care are detailed, and potential causes of the imbalance are discussed. View Article

Quiz feedback: Serum Protein bands & routine testing during pregnancy

Feedback from the results of the Best Tests July, 2011 quiz, which focused on making sense of serum protein bands and routine laboratory testing during pregnancy. View Article