During pregnancy, a woman undergoes a multitude of normal physiological changes and is subject to a variety of pregnancy-specific diseases, for this reason, laboratory testing during pregnancy can be complicated and confusing. This book aids clinicians and laboratorians in the are of diagnosis during pregnancy using laboratory testing. It is the first handbook to focus exclusively on the use of laboratory tests during pregnancy, including the effects of normal physiological changes on test results; the proper use of laboratory tests; interpretation of results; changes in reference ranges; monitoring the pregnant patient; and new technologies such as molecular diagnostics. Included is a comprehensive appendix of normal reference ranges in pregnant women making this an excellent resource for any medical professional.
Forward by Gillian Lockitch; Preface; Contributors; Contents; 1 Human Pregnancy: An overview Ann M. Gronowski; 2 Human Chorionic Gonadotropin Laurence A. Cole; 3 Biologic Markers of Preterm Delivery Stephen F. Thung and Alan M. Peaceman; 4 Markers of Fetal Lung Maturity Edward R. Ashwood; 5 Maternal Prenatal Screening for Fetal Defects Andrew R. MacRae and Jacob A. Canick; 6 Chromosome Analysis in Prenatal Diagnosis Syed M. Jalal, Adewale Adeyinka, and Alan Thornhill; 7 Diagnosis and Monitoring of Ectopic and Abnormal Pregnancies Gary Lipscomb; 8 Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy: Assessment of the Mother Corinne R. Fantz and Ann M. Gronowski; 9 Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy: Assessment of the Fetus Pratima K. Singh and Ann M. Gronowski; 10 Hematology and Hemostasis During Pregnancy Charles Eby; 11 Hemolytic Disease of the Newborn David G. Grenache; 12 Prenatal Screening and Diagnosis of Congenital Infection Lynn Bry; 13 Laboratory Testing for Group B Streptococcus in the Pregnant Patient Sebastian Faro; 14 Immunologic Diseases of Pregnancy William A. Bennett; 15 Recurrent Pregnancy Loss Carolyn B. Coulam; 16 Multifetal Gestations Isaac Blickstein and Louis G. Keith; 17 Diabetes in Pregnancy Jonathan W. Dukes, Albert C. Chen, and Lois Jovanovic; 18 Preeclampsia, Eclampsia, and Hypertension Kee-Hak Lim and Melanie M. Watkins; 19 Liver Diseases in Pregnancy Jason D. Wright and Yoel Sadovsky; Appendix Published Reference Intervals During Pregnancy