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Syzygy November 2017 27-10-2017

In this edition of Syzygy:

  • Fetal fraction: the essential factor in non-invasive prenatal testing - an article by Dr James Harraway, pathologist-in-charge, Genetics.
  • Female study links low vitamin D and multiple sclerosis risk - an article by Dr Daman Langguth, pathologist-in-charge, Immunology.
  • Pathologist profile: Dr Sarah Sim
  • New weekly clostridium difficile reports now available online
  • Update to cervical screening program changes

Therapeutic Drug Test 27-10-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions
Measurement of therapeutic drug levels is usually only necessary for drugs with a 'narrow therapeutic window': that is, where too much of the drug may be toxic, and too little of the drug will be ineffective
Anti-CCP (Cyclic Citrullinated Peptides) 15-11-2017
Doctor Bulletins

Research in Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) over the last 10 years has gained significant ground in both pathophysiological and clinical understanding. It is now known that early aggressive therapy within  the first 3 months of the development of joint symptoms decreases the chance of developing severe disease, both clinically and radiologically. To enable this early diagnosis, there has been  considerable effort made to discover serologic markers of disease.

Genetic testing for the breast cancer gene 15-11-2017
Patient Brochures

This information sheet addresses some of the more common questions associated with BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing, and provides links to useful websites.

Urine collection: Cytology 15-11-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions
Note: The first specimen of urine for the day is not suitable for cytology. The specimen can be taken at any other time of the day.
Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) 01-12-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions

This test measures how quickly a dose of glucose is cleared from the blood, and is used to diagnose diabetes. The test requires you to remain at the Collection Centre for 2 hours. You may wish to bring a book or magazine to read while you are waiting. An appointment is required for this test.

Syzygy December 2017 08-12-2017

In this edition of Syzygy:

  • New testing protocol for typhoid
  • Sonic Skin Pathology Handbook now available electronically
  • CST update: clinical notes for women younger than 25 years
  • Lending a hand in Honiara
  • Changes to services for Christmas and the New Year

Testing for salmonella: A clean sweep of the broom 08-12-2017
Doctor Bulletins

The microbiology laboratory has made great strides in introducing clinically useful diagnostics over the past couple of decades, particularly in recent years with the development of molecular assays that 'narrow the gap' and provide early diagnoses. While introducing new tests, it has also been important to evaluate and discard old tests that may not contribute greatly to patient outcomes. One such test that has come under the spotlight is the classic Widal agglutination test in the diagnosis of typhoid.

Blood Tests - Fasting 12-12-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions
In the 3 hours after you eat, many chemicals in your blood undergo significant changes. These changes can also occur if you do not eat for an extended period (more than 16 hours).  Because of this, many blood tests should be collected in the morning after an overnight fast. Fasting means that you eat and drink nothing except water for 8-12 hours before your blood test.
Urea Breath Test (UBT) 12-12-2017
Patient Test Collection Instructions

This test examines your breath for the presence of Helicobacter pylori bacteria, which can cause gastritis (inflammation of the mucous membrane of the stomach) or ulcers in the stomach and small intestine.

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