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Clinical laboratory measurement of serum, plasma, and blood viscosity.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16830959     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article discusses the fundamentals for measuring the viscosity of whole blood, serum, and plasma and its application to the diagnosis of hyperviscosity syndrome. We describe some of the terminology in the field, including relevant definitions, the different units of measure, and general principles of clinical laboratory viscosity measurement. The 3 main categories of instrumentation for viscosity measurement--capillary, falling-sphere, and rotational viscometers--are discussed. We compare the various types of instrumentation for their usefulness with various types of clinical specimens. Relevant features that may be important in selecting a viscometer are described. We describe our 1.5-year experience with the viscometer that we chose. We hope the information in this review will be useful to pathologists and clinical laboratory staff in explaining the available choices for measuring serum, plasma, and whole blood viscosity.
Robert Rosencranz; Steven A Bogen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  American journal of clinical pathology     Volume:  125 Suppl     ISSN:  0002-9173     ISO Abbreviation:  Am. J. Clin. Pathol.     Publication Date:  2006 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-11     Completed Date:  2006-07-27     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370470     Medline TA:  Am J Clin Pathol     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  S78-86     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Blood Viscosity / physiology*
Clinical Laboratory Techniques*
Pathology, Clinical / methods*
Plasma / physiology*
Serum / physiology*

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