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Cholinesterase Tests

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Also known as: CHS; AChE; RBC Cholinesterase; Red Cell Cholinesterase; BChE; Plasma Cholinesterase; Pseudocholinesterase; PCHE
Formal name: Erythrocyte Acetylcholinesterase; Butyrylcholinesterase
Related tests: Dibucaine Inhibition; Liver Panel

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MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Cholinesterase - blood. Available online at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003358.htm. Accessed October 2013.

WebMD. Cholinesterase Inhibitors for Alzheimer's Disease. Available online at http://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/cholinesterase-inhibitors-for-alzheimers-disease through http://www.webmd.com. Accessed October 2013.

Mayo Clinic. PCHES - Clinical: Pseudocholinesterase, Total, Serum. Available online at http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com/test-catalog/Clinical+and+Interpretive/8518 through http://www.mayomedicallaboratories.com. Accessed October 2013.

Ralph Magnotti, PhD, DABCC. Lab Tests Online adjunct board member.

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Ralph Magnotti, PhD, DABCC. Lab Tests Online adjunct board member.

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