Diagnostic Hematology: A Pattern Approach
CRC Press

Diagnostic Hematology: A Pattern Approach

  • Publish Date: 2000-06-05
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Author: Doyen Nguyen;Lawrence Diamond

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Diagnostic hematology is a problem-solving process involving the gathering and analysis of the relevant findings in each case. Based on the combination of clinical and laboratory data, an experienced diagnostician can formulate the overall 'pattern' of a case. The 'pattern approach' to differential diagnosis is an integral component of the diagnostic reasoning of many expert hematologists.

In this unique textbook the authors present a logical and systematic approach to diagnosis, based on the patterns derived from peripheral blood analysis, flow cytometry immunophenotyping studies and bone marrow examination. Unlike standard textbooks which are organized by specific diseases and thereby assume the reader has reached a diagnosis, this text presents the diagnostic problem as it is investigated in practice.

The patterns formed by different blood and bone marrow disorders are described in detail and illustrated with color photomicrographs, or flow cytometry graphics. The reader is taken through the process of reaching the differential diagnosis. Advice is given on the proper approach to diagnostic work-up and how to avoid common diagnostic pitfalls. The companion CD-ROM, with full instructions given in the appendix, offers the reader the chance to assess real test results, and see the patterns which lead to the final interpretation in over 200 cases.

As a result the reader will develop the skill of pattern recognition and be able to incorporate this diagnostic approach in practice. This is an essential text for physicians practicing hematology and hematopathology, especially those interpreting peripheral blood, flow cytometry and bone marrow specimens; also for technologists and laboratory staff responsible for the screening of full blood counts, the initial review of blood/bone marrow films or immunophenotyping data.

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