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Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. The about this site page describes how the site can help you. Search under conditions and diseases and find information on laboratory tests used for particular diagnosis and/or management or alternatively, if you know the test name, just search under tests.

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Worldwide update on rapid troponin test to rule out heart attack

27 November 2017

On 29 October 2015 we reported that Scottish research on 4,870 patients with chest pain had shown that 99.6% of those with a low high-sensitivity cardiac troponin concentration on arrival at hospital had not had a heart attack. With international cooperation, the same researchers have now investigated troponin concentrations from 22,457 patients with chest pain on arrival at 19 hospitals worldwide. Statistical analysis confirmed that 99.5% of those with a low troponin concentration had not had a heart attack.

Antenatal ‘reflex’ DNA screening for Down’s syndrome

21 November 2017

A new ‘reflex’ method of organising antenatal screening tests is assessed in a recent issue of Genetics in Medicine. It includes identification of baby’s cell-free DNA in mother’s blood for the diagnosis of  Down’s syndrome (and also the less common and potentially fatal Edwards and Patau syndromes) . The authors conclude that no other method of antenatal screening has such a high detection rate for such a low false-positive rate.

Could a new blood test help rule out a heart attack more quickly?

16 October 2017

A new blood test becomes positive earlier than current tests after a heart attack. It has the potential to reduce the pressure on A&E and hospital beds by increasing the early discharge of low-risk patients.

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