The quantity of usual alcohol consumption is a concret date which can be determined at the anamnesis of patients according to the patient-doctor discussion. In many cases the patients do not inform the doctors in details, in some cases they do want to take it in secret. The diagnosis of alcohol abuse based on objective data is a necessary requirement in both clinical and life insurrance as well as in forensic medicine. Among the different biomarkers of chronic alcohol abuse, carbohydrate-deficient transferrin is wold wide recognized as the most realiable indicator. The authors review the pathomechanism of carbohydrate deficient transferrin in the human organism, the methods for its measurement and its role in the diagnostic procedures of alcohol induced clinical diseases, as well as its proving role in life insurrance and in forensic medicine.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - Oct 8 2006|
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