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Laboratory tests for diagnosing connective tissue diseases.

Authors
  • Urowitz, M B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Canadian family physician Médecin de famille canadien
Publication Date
Dec 01, 1971
Volume
17
Issue
12
Pages
49–50
Identifiers
PMID: 20468709
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The author describes three most useful groups of laboratory tests for connective tissue disease - hemogram, acute phase reactants and immune factors. Since most of these tests are relatively non-specific, the most valuable assets for arriving at the correct diagnosis of a connective tissue disease are still a complete history, thorough physical examination and a good knowledge of the course of the disease. Newer laboratory tests can then serve as adjuncts in confirming the diagnosis or following the course of the disease.

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