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MCV/Q, Medical College of Virginia Quarterly
Chemical screening profiles on blood specimens are designed to yield information that may lead to new and additional clinical diagnoses, to revision of clinically established diagnoses, to confirmed impressions of the physician and to following the course of diseases during a patient's hospitalization. Screening profiles on blood are designed to indicate disease of the liver, kidney, heart, striated muscle and other organs; they may be helpful in the diagnosis of anemia, diabetes mellitus, gout, congestive heart failure, osteomalacia, and hyperlipidemia, hyperparathyroidism and other diseases. When these screening profiles were first introduced, there was widespread skepticism among physicians as to their value and their yield and some skepticism remains as to the usefulness of a broad spectrum of laboratory tests.
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