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Serum Albumin Test

Blood test: The serum albumin level is part of a standard panel.

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Optimal strategies for monitoring lipid levels in patients at risk or with cardiovascular disease: a systematic review with statistical and cost-effectiveness modelling

The study found that regular lipid monitoring in individuals with and without cardiovascular disease is likely to be beneficial to both patients and to the health service, and frequent monitoring strategies appear to be cost-effective.

Sentinel lymph node status in vulval cancer: systematic reviews of test accuracy and decision-analytic model-based economic evaluation

This study aims to determine the test accuracy and cost-effectiveness of the sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy with 99mTc and/or blue dye compared with inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy or clinical follow-up for test negatives in vulval cancer. A sensitive and specific combined metastatic SLN detection test and information on generic quality of life in vulval cancer is urgently required.

Multinutrient oral supplements and tube feeding in maintenance dialysis: a systematic review and meta-analysis

BACKGROUND: This systematic review aims to determine the potential benefits of enteral multinutrient support (oral or tube) in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) receiving maintenance dialysis.

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Dietary patterns for adults with chronic kidney disease

People who have kidney disease can experience a lower life expectancy, complications including heart disease, and may need treatment for severe kidney failure, such as dialysis. Patients and doctors wish to identify treatments that protect people against kidney failure or heart disease. For both doctors and people who have kidney disease, lifestyle changes such as diet are very important as possible ways to improve health and well‐being, and provide people with a chance to 'self‐manage' their care for kidney disease.

Chlorambucil for patients with primary biliary cirrhosis

Primary biliary cirrhosis is an autoimmune disease of the liver. Chlorambucil has been used for patients with primary biliary cirrhosis as it possesses immunosuppressive properties. This review aimed to assess the beneficial or harmful effects of chlorambucil for primary biliary cirrhosis. The authors identified only one randomised trial, with 24 participants included. This trial compared chlorambucil with no intervention. The trial is small and at a high risk of bias, which suggests that the results may not be reliable. Meta‐analyses were not possible because of the inclusion of one trial only. Fisher's exact test and t‐test were used instead. Chlorambucil was not associated with significantly lower mortality when compared with no intervention. All patients on chlorambucil experienced adverse events, especially bone marrow suppression. Chlorambucil led to a significant improvement in mean serum levels of bilirubin, albumin, immunoglobulin M, serum aspartate aminotransferase activity, and hepatic inflammatory infiltrates. However, these outcomes are unvalidated surrogate outcomes for patient‐relevant outcomes. This means that improvement of these biochemistry measures cannot be taken as proof of improvement of patient‐relevant outcomes. It remains unclear whether chlorambucil can be supported or rejected for use in patients with primary biliary cirrhosis.

Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Cancer (PDQ®): Health Professional Version

Late effects of cancer treatment can cause serious, disabling, and life-threatening chronic health conditions that adversely affect the health of aging childhood cancer survivors. Learn about subsequent neoplasms and the cardiovascular, cognitive, psychosocial, digestive, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, reproductive, and urinary late effects of pediatric cancer treatment in this expert-reviewed summary.

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See Also: Hypoalbuminemia, Hyperalbuminemia

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Albumin, Metabolic Disorders, Metabolism

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