Stability and validity of intact parathyroid hormone levels in different sample types and storage conditions

Khalil, Haitham, Borai, Anwar, Dakhakhni, Mohammed, Bahijri, Suhad, Faizo, Hala, Bokhari, Fawzi F, Ferns, Gordon and Mirza, Ahmed A (2021) Stability and validity of intact parathyroid hormone levels in different sample types and storage conditions. Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis. a23771 1-8. ISSN 0887-8013

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Several pre-analytical factors can affect the measurement of intact Parathyroid Hormone (IPTH). In this study, we have investigated the effects of using different types of tubes, time elapsed before separation, and storage conditions over time on the measured values of IPTH.

Blood samples from 30 subjects were collected into plain, SST, and EDTA tubes. All serum and plasma were separated immediately (first set) and after 2 hrs delay (second set). The first set of samples were aliquoted and stored at RT (25°C), at fridge (4°C), and freezer (−20°C). IPTH was measured in all the stored aliquots at 2,4, and 8 days after collection using Architect analyzer.

Paired T test and ANOVA repeated measures showed no significant difference between IPTH levels in all tubes. The second set of serum and plasma were significantly lower (3.8% and 7.4%, p < 0.001, respectively) when compared to samples measured initially. Serum samples stored at RT were significantly lower (by 45%,59%, and 77%) on days 2,4, and 8 when compared to the initial time (p < 0.001 in all cases). Plasma samples stored at RT, were significantly lower on day 8 after collection, by 30.8% (p < 0.001). These differences would be clinically important.

Plasma IPTH can be stored at RT for up to four days. Both plasma and serum IPTH are not affected by a delay in the separation of up to two h and they can be stored for up to 8 days in a fridge or freezer without any clinically significant changes in their values.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: intact parathyroid hormone, pre-analytical, stability, storage, temperature, validation
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Division of Medical Education
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Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2021 08:45
Last Modified: 26 Nov 2021 13:27

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