The analyses of 18 biochemical parameters (alanine aminotransferase, albumin, aspartate aminotransferase, calcium, cholesterol, chloride, creatinine, iron, glucose, γ- glutamyl transferase, alkaline phosphatase, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, total protein, triglycerides, uric acid, and urea nitrogen) were performed for 166 healthy individuals and 108 patients with end-stage renal failure (ESRF). The application of cluster analysis proved that there were points of similarity among all 18 biochemical parameters that formed major groups; these groups corresponded to the authors' assumption of the existence of several overall patterns of biochemical parameters that may be termed "enzyme-specific"; "general health indicator"; "major component excretion"; "blood-specific indicator"; and "protein-specific". These patterns also appear in the subsets of males and females that were obtained by separation of the general dataset. In addition, the performance of factor analysis similarly proved the validity of this assumption. This projection and modelling method indicated the existence of seven latent factors, which explained 70.05% of the total variance in the system for healthy individuals and more than 72% of the total variance in the system for patients with ESRF. All these results support the probability that a general health indicator could be constructed by taking into account the existing classification groups in the list of biochemical parameters.
- Biochemical parameters
- Cluster analysis
- End-stage renal failure patients
- Factor analysis
- Healthy individuals