Using biomarkers in the assessment of airways disease.

  title={Using biomarkers in the assessment of airways disease.},
  author={D. Robin Taylor},
  journal={The Journal of allergy and clinical immunology},
  volume={128 5},
  pages={927-34; quiz 935-6}
A biomarker provides a window on underlying disease activity. This is helpful when the pathology, treatment response, or both are heterogeneous or when trying to interpret nonspecific respiratory symptoms in patients with comorbidities. The successful application of a biomarker result is critically dependent on the specific question being addressed and the performance characteristics of the biomarker in relation to that question in the context of pretest probabilities. Negative prediction might… CONTINUE READING
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