Testing for lupus anticoagulants - Fresh or frozen?

Paul Froom, Mira Barak

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Abstract

Background: There are no previous studies reporting the effect of using frozen-thawed plasma on lupus anticoagulant ratios in kits with the combined screen and confirm assay. Methods: In the following study we chose patients with elevated dilute Russel's viper venom test (dRVVT) normalized ratios and compared the test results of fresh to frozen-thawed plasma. Platelet counts ranged from 2 to 7 × 10 3/μ L (10 9/L) after a second centrifugation before freezing. Results: There were 13 out of 14 dRVVT test normalized ratios that decreased after freezing (p < 0.001), leading to the misclassification of six of 14 patients with high values that decreased into the reference interval. Conclusion: The major finding of this study is that testing frozen-thawed plasma with platelet counts < 10,000/μ L (10 9/L) results in a significant decrease in dRVVT ratios. Although there was a consistent decrease in SCT normalized ratios as well, it did not lead to misclassifications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1607-1609
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
Volume50
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2012
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Dilute Russel's viper venom test (dRVVT)
  • Fresh
  • Frozen
  • Lupus anticoagulants
  • Platelets
  • Silica clotting time (SCT)

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