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ISSN print: 0393 – 0564
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BC: Articoli scritti da P. Pellegatti

Le criticità della fase post-analitica della determinazione delle crioglobuline: risultati di uno studio pilota condotto in Emilia-Romagna
Critical issues of the post-analytical phase for cryoglobulin determination: results of a pilot study carried out in Emilia-Romagna, Italy
<p>Introduction: cryoglobulins (CRG) are immunoglobulins that precipitate at low temperature and dissolve at 37 &deg;C. The difficulties associated to the analisys of cryoproteins, are related to the pre-analytical phase, including the collection of the sample and the maintenance of the heat chain; to the analytical phase, because of the many manual steps involved and, to the post-analytical phase as well, due to the operator-depending interpretation of immunofissation (IFE). The Department of Laboratory Medicine of Modena promoted a pilot study to verify the incidence of the post-analytical phase in the accuracy of the CRG analisys.<br />Methods: 30 images of CRG-IFE plates were selected and sent to 8 centers of the Emilia Romagna region that agreed to join the project; 13 different laboratory professionals have been involved in the IFE interpretation.<br />Results: out of 30 IFE, only 3 (10%) were interpreted with the excellent concordance of 100% by all the participants; 10 of them (33%) showed a good concordance, 75-99%; 14 (47%) sufficient concordance, 50-74%; 3 (10%) a poor concordance &lt;50%. Out of 8 centers involved, 4 participated with more than one operator. Arbitrarily assuming that the analysis can be considered acceptable when at least 75% of the participants agree on the interpretation of the gels, the results show that only in 43% of cases the acceptability was reached.<br />Discussion: this pilot study highlights the need to harmonize the CRG determination, not only the pre-analytical and analytical procedures, but also the post-analytical phase. To this end, it could be highly recommended that the clinical laboratories participate to external quality assessment control programs, as the one promoted by UK-NEQAS. Moreover, scientific societies and their Study Groups, can play an important role by promoting the harmonization of CGR evaluation.</p>
Biochimica Clinica ; 45(4) 388-394
Contributi Scientifici - Scientific Papers