Human saliva as a diagnostic specimen.

  title={Human saliva as a diagnostic specimen.},
  author={Lindsay F Hofman},
  journal={The Journal of nutrition},
  volume={131 5},
Human saliva can be easily obtained by noninvasive techniques and contains many analytes of interest for screening, diagnosis and monitoring. These include steroid and other nonpeptide hormones, therapeutic drugs, drugs of abuse and antibodies. Numerous studies in the past 40 y have shown correlations between serum and saliva levels. Both diurnal and monthly profiles of hormone levels parallel traditional serum patterns. Multiple specimens for steroid hormone analysis can be easily collected by… CONTINUE READING