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Understanding Serology - Chapter Summary
If you need to study the fundamentals of serology, this chapter is for you! Though a series of expertly taught lessons, you'll examine the serology of different viruses, diseases and disorders. Our expert instructors also provide insight into common serological terms and testing procedures. Each lesson comes with a short self-assessment quiz to help you reinforce the concepts you study. You can access these resources any time using your computer or mobile device. Your course dashboard will keep track of your progress, and you'll be able to submit questions to our instructors if you have any. When you're finished, you should be equipped to:
- Interpret rubella and Epstein-Barr virus serology
- Recognize the components of syphilis and celiac serology tests
- Assess the sensitivity of lyme disease, whooping cough and H Pylori serology
- Explain the principle of serological cross-matching
- Define common serology terms
- Evaluate several methods for serotyping
- Differentiate between serotype, biotype, genotype, strain and serovar
1. Epstein-Barr Virus Serology: Markers & Interpretation
In this lesson you will learn about the Epstein-Barr virus, serological markers indicative of infection, and how to interpret them. You will also learn about other abnormal lab values that may coexist with EBV infection.
2. Syphilis Serology: Test, Diagnosis & Interpretation
In this lesson you will learn about: the bacteria that causes syphilis, tests used to confirm a syphilis infection, and complications in interpreting serological tests. You will also become familiar with the stages of syphilis and the sensitivity of tests used in each stage.
3. Celiac Serology: Tests & Interpretation
Celiac disease is an autoimmune disease caused by an allergy to gluten. In Celiac disease, the body makes antibodies against gluten causing systemic symptoms. Antibody tests and intestinal biopsies are used to diagnose the disease.
4. Lyme Disease Serology: Testing, Sensitivity & Interpretation
In this lesson, you will learn about Lyme disease, indications and contraindications for serological testing, and the most common tests used to make a positive diagnosis.
5. H Pylori Serology: Blood Test, Sensitivity & Interpretation
Helicobacter Pylori otherwise known as H. Pylori is the bacteria responsible for causing gastric ulcers. H. Pylori can be detected through blood, stool and breath tests with high sensitivity and specificity.
6. Whooping Cough Serology: Testing, Sensitivity & Interpretation
In this lesson you will learn about whooping cough, the organism that causes the disease, and tests used to diagnose it. You will also learn about the vaccines used to prevent a whooping cough infection.
7. Serological Cross-Matching: Definition, Principle & Procedure
Serological cross-matching is a vital step in ensuring a safe blood transfusion. In this lesson, we will learn what serological cross-matching is and how it is done.
8. Rubella Serology: Testing & Interpretation
In this lesson you will learn about Rubella, tests used in diagnoses, and how to interpret these tests. You will also learn about the vaccination used to prevent a rubella infection.
9. Serology Terms: Seroprevalence, Serostatus & Serosorting
This lesson is going to go over numerous serology terms and by the end you'll learn how they're all related. Namely, this lesson will focus on explaining seroprevalence, serostatus, and serosorting.
10. What is a Serotype? - Definition & Methods for Serotyping
Serotypes are separate groups within a species of microorganisms that all share a similar characteristic. Learn more about serotyping and methods for how is it determined.
11. Difference Between Serotype, Genotype, Serovar, Strain & Biotype
If you're confused as to the meaning of, or differences between, terms like serotype, genotype, serovar, strain or biotype, then you're in luck! This lesson clearly, simply, and succinctly goes over these terms.
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