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Faeces Collection: Helicobacter pylori 13-09-2018
Patient Test Collection Instructions
This test examines your faeces 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.
Syzygy September 2018 17-09-2018

In this edition of Syzygy:

  • Changes to Cervical Screening Test (CST) request form
  • New SNP Publication Dermatopathology Atlas
  • Patient test collection instructions - new collection notes now available
  • Introducing Dr Eric Lee, genetic pathologist
  • Cystic fibrosis: Criteria for Medicare rebate
  • Reset your password online for Sonic Dx
Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) 24-09-2018
Patient Test Collection Instructions

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

Guide to Allergy Testing 24-09-2018
Guide to Allergy Testing

Allergic disorders result from an inappropriate, usually IgE-mediated, immune response upon exposure to either environmental or food allergens.

Common manifestations of allergy include rhinoconjunctivitis, asthma, eczema, acute urticaria and anaphylaxis. Disorders, such as chronic urticaria, hereditary angioedema and T-cell dermatitis (metal allergy), while clinically similar in some ways, are not IgE-mediated.

Allergic disease manifests in different ways through life and the likely causative agents can also change with age.

BRCA1 and BRCA2 testing information for patients 12-10-2018
Patient Brochures

BRCA1 and BRCA2 are the genes best known as being associated with an inherited risk of developing breast and ovarian cancers. Medicare now offers rebates for BRCA gene testing.

Syzygy October 2018 19-10-2018

In this edition of Syzygy:

  • Update: Assessing Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection with QuantiFERON-TB Gold Plus
  • Update: Helicobacter pylori superbug status demands a paradigm shift in therapy
  • Medicare rebates for BRCA1, BRCA2 and PALB2 gene testing
  • Cervical screening test: Using the correct terminology
Critical Result Values 26-10-2018
Doctor Bulletins

Critical values are those results that may indicate a life threatening medical condition and require immediate notification to the referring doctor (irrespective of whether the pathology request was marked urgent).

If a result outside the critical limits is obtained, a scientist or pathologist will make every attempt to contact the referring doctor.

Helicobacter pylori acquires superbug status 26-10-2018
Doctor Bulletins
Helicobacter pylori, the aetiological agent for some non-ulcer dyspepsia, peptic ulcer disease, gastric MALT lymphoma and gastric cancer has attained superbug status.
Information for patients 03-12-2018
Patient Test Collection Instructions

Information for patients on how to request a copy of their pathology results

Syzygy December 2018 07-12-2018

In this edition of Syzyg:

  • New high-sensitivity troponin assay
  • AMH assay reference percentile chart now available
  • National Cervical Screening Program: Women over 75 are now eligible for a Medicare-funded HPV test
  • New Sonic DxPlus secure mail system delivers real-time reporting for infection control
  • Changes to services during Christmas and New Year
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