BCH 472: Biochemistry of Biological Fluids

Types and distribution of body fluids. Samples collection and management. Urine: Formation; normal and abnormal constituents and their role in diagnosis of renal, hepatic and blood diseases. Digestive tract secretions: saliva, bile, pancreatic juice; faeces and their relevance to laboratory diagnosis of some hepatic, pancreatic and intestinal diseases. Sweat analysis and its relevance to cystic fibrosis.

Amniotic fluid and its relevance to some genetic diseases. Composition, function and physical properties of semen; milk; lymph; CSF; synovial fluid; tears, aqueous humour and mucous. Biochemical diagnostic tests related to these fluids.

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