Biochemical reference values in elderly black subjects

  • F.C.J. Bester
  • D. J. V. Weich
  • H.C. Barnard
  • W.J.H. Vermaak


Biochemical reference values for the black age group of ≥ 65 years were determined from the black urban population of the Orange Free State. Biochemical investigations performed were those included in the Sequential Multiple Analyser Computer profile because it includes the 20 most requested clinical chemistry investigations. Most of the reference values corresponded to values for the same age groups in the Western world. There was no age-related rise in the alkaline phosphatase values, which suggested absence of occult Paget's disease. Reference values for serum total protein and globulin were found to be higher than values derived from elderly white groups.


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