By Evelyn S C Koay, Noel Walmsley
Primarilly designed for scientific scholars and junior medical professionals in medical perform, this could even be an invaluable connection with postgraduate scholars in chemical pathology (clinical biochemistry), laboratory scientists, pathologists and scientific laboratory technologists. protecting the sphere of chemical pathology, the biochemical foundation of sickness, it presents a simple knowing of the connection among irregular biochemical attempt effects and affliction states. A rational method of right choice and interpretation of biochemical investigations is followed for every organ approach or analyte. Emphasis is positioned upon components and difficulties most ordinarily met in medical perform. fabric is gifted in a transparent, condensed layout to help the examine procedure, and the textual content is supplemented with illustrations.
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As stated above the plasma [K] does not necessarily reflect the total body potassium content. For example, hypokalaemia can be associated with a normal body potassium content, as in the hypokalaemia associated with salbutamol therapy; and hyperkalaemia, with a low body potassium content, as occurs in diabetic ketoacidosis. The importance of hyper- and hypokalaemia lies in the fact that such conditions represent an abnormal intracellularextracellular gradient that may require vigorous therapy. From a therapeutic view hypokalaemia is usually associated with potassium deficiency, whilst hyperkalaemia generally implies that potassium has to be removed from the extracellular compartment.
It should not be confused with frequency (frequent passage of small amounts of urine but a normal daily output). Causes A high urinary volume can be due to increased fluid intake in an otherwise normal subject or to some defect in renal concentrating ability. 10. Laboratory evaluation of hyponatraemia. 20 Sodium and Water Metabolism (3) Normal response of the collecting duct to AVP (4) High medullary to luminal osmotic gradient in the collecting duct area Diabetes insipidus (DI). There are two varieties of DI, the neurogenic and nephrogenic.
Oliguria, a low urine output, usually indicates renal dysfunction and is usually considered in sections on renal disease. However, it can occur in the absence of renal disease and will be discussed here for the sake of completeness. A definition in terms of urine volume is difficult but an excretion of less than 500-600 mLiday is a useful figure (if the average amount of solute to be cleared by the kidney is 600 mmol and the kidney can concentrate the urine up to a maximum of 1200 m m o k g , then 500 mL is the minimal amount of urine required).
A Primer of Chemical Pathology by Evelyn S C Koay, Noel Walmsley