Snežana Ž Jovičić

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Total quality in laboratory medicine should be defined as the guarantee that each activity throughout the total testing process is correctly performed, providing valuable medical decision-making and effective patient care. In the past decades, a 10-fold reduction in the analytical error rate has been achieved thanks to improvements in both reliability and(More)
The glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is widely accepted as the best overall index of kidney function. GFR can be measured as the clearance of exogenous or endogenous filtration markers or clinically estimated from serum concentrations of creatinine or cystatin C. Recently, it has been recommended that an estimated GFR (eGFR) should be reported in addition(More)
BACKGROUND Galectin-3 is a protein widely distributed in the heart, brain and blood vessels, and has a regulatory role in inflammation, immunology and cancer. Many studies demonstrated that the increased level of galectin-3 is associated with progressive fibrosis and stiffening of the myocardium. The aim of this study was to investigate the role of(More)
Increased C-reactive protein (CRP) concentration within the reference interval (<10.0 mg/L) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in apparently healthy adults. Cutoff points for use of CRP in estimating CVD risk are <1, 1-3 and >3 mg/L for low, average and high relative risk, respectively. For measuring CRP concentrations to assess(More)
BACKGROUND There is increasing interest in direct patient engagement including receiving their laboratory medicine results. We previously established an appetite for Specialists in Laboratory Medicine to support patients in understanding results. The aim of this study was to establish whether patients agreed with such an approach, determined through(More)
OBJECTIVES Defining adequate reference limits (RLs) for thyroid hormones is an important task for support monitoring and the treatment of subclinical thyroid disease. We determined whether there are age-related RLs for thyroid parameters in male and female outpatients free of overt thyroid disease. DESIGN We analyzed 22,860 results (11,440 male and 11,420(More)
BACKGROUND The Clauss fibrinogen method and thrombin clotting time (TCT) are still routinely used in patients with cirrhosis to define fibrinogen concentration and clotting potential. The thromboelastometric functional fibrinogen FIBTEM assay evaluates the strength of fibrin-based clots in whole blood, providing information on both quantitative deficit and(More)
OBJECTIVE The measurement of pancreatic elastase (PE) in feces is used widely to screen for pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. The aim of our study was to evaluate the relationship of PE with residual beta cell secretion and metabolic control in patients with diabetes mellitus. METHOD We determined the presence of PE in specimens via enzyme-linked(More)
BACKGROUND Medicine is a highly professionalized endeavour, by tradition centred on the authority of physicians. Better education and the advent of the information age cater for increased demands on society in general and on health care in particular to enable people to make informed decisions regarding themselves. Participation in medical decisions(More)
Clinical signs appearance and significant increases of ICAM-1 and MMP-2 expressions with the clusters of VCAM-1(+) immunoreactivity in the choroids plexus epithelium to transferred anti-myelin oligodendroglial antibodies into the third brain ventricle, indicate important role of choroids plexus in the induction of acute experimental autoimmune(More)