Practicing specialists in pathology, laboratory medicine, and obstetrics comprehensively summarize the latest scientific findings and their experiences in the use and interpretation of laboratory testing in patients who are pregnant or experiencing recurrent pregnancy loss. Topics of interest include the effects of normal physiological changes on test results, test selection for diagnosis, changes in reference ranges, monitoring the pregnant patient, new technologies, and the limitations of laboratory testing. The authors not only clearly explain currently used test methods and technologies for the nontechnical reader, but also provide comprehensive details for laboratory professionals. The comprehensive appendix that compiles published normal reference ranges by first, second, and third trimester consttitutes an excellent resource for professionals caring for pregnant women.
From the reviews:
..".a unique and valuable contribution to laboratory medicine, and the most comprehensive book around focusing on how pregnancy affects laboratory test values...anyone treating and/or testing specimens from pregnant women and their fetuses should get this book ." Weighted Numerical Score: 95 - 4 Stars! - Doody's Health Science Book Review Journal
"This book sets out to demonstrate all aspects of laboratory work that pertain to pregnancy, providing useful background detail for clinicians. Each chapter is written by an author with a particular interest in the subject and is thorough and well referenced. ... should be in every department of obstetrics and gynaecology, primarily as a reference and teaching aid." (Kevin Harrington, The Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, August, 2006)
Human Pregnancy: An Overview Ann M. Gronowski Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Laurence A. Cole Biological Markers of Preterm Delivery Stephen F. Thung and Alan M. Peaceman Markers of Fetal Lung Maturity Edward R. Ashwood Maternal Prenatal Screening for Fetal Defects Andrew R. MacRae and Jacob A. Canick Chromosome Analysis in Prenatal Diagnosis Syed M. Jalal, Adewale Adeyinka, and Alan Thornhill Diagnosis and Monitoring of Ectopic and Abnormal Pregnancies Gary Lipscomb Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy: Assessment of the Mother Corinne R. Fantz and Ann M. Gronowski Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy: Assessment of the Fetus Pratima K. Singh and Ann M. Gronowski Hematology and Hemostasis During Pregnancy Charles S. Eby Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn David G. Grenache Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis of Congenital Infections Lynn Bry Laboratory Testing for Group B Streptococcus in the Pregnant Patient Sebastian Faro Immunologic Diseases of Pregnancy William A. Bennett Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Carolyn B. Coulam Multifetal Gestations Isaac Blickstein and Louis G. Keith Diabetes in Pregnancy Jonathan W. Dukes, Albert C. Chen, and Lois Jovanovic Preeclampsia, Eclampsia, and Hypertension Kee-Hak Lim and Melanie M. Watkins Liver Diseases in Pregnancy Jason D. Wright and Yoel Sadovsky Appendix Index