This company has introduced an Automated %CDT (Carbohydrate-deficient Transferrin) assay for the detection of heavy alcohol consumption and monitoring of its reduction.
     Blood levels of %CDT are elevated by continuous consumption of high volumes of alcohol and persist for two to three weeks after a person ceases to drink alcohol. %CDT in abusers will be elevated earlier than conventional markers which are more associated with the development of cirrhosis and liver damage, seen in the latter stages of alcoholism. %CDT is also a useful tool in the monitoring of treatment effectiveness and of alcohol-related problems and patient compliance.
     The %CDT assay is an easy to use reagent system for the quantitative measurement of carbohydrate-deficient Transferrin (CDT) in human serum. The %CDT assay measures the relative amount of CDT in proportion to total Transferrin. The %CDT assay is easy to set up on all Hitachi Analyzers.
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