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Clin Chem Lab Med. 2004 Mar;42(3):323-33.

Intra-laboratory analytical variability of biochemical markers of fibrosis (Fibrotest) and activity (Actitest) and reference ranges in healthy blood donors.

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Service of Biochemistry, Hôpital La Pitie-Salpétrière, Paris, France.

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  • Clin Chem Lab Med. 2004;42(6):681. Thibaut, Vincent [corrected to Thibault, Vincent].


Combinations of tests comprising alpha2-macroglobulin, haptoglobin, apolipoprotein Al, gamma-glutamyltransferase, total bilirubin (Fibrotest) and alanine aminotransferase (Actitest) are being developed as alternatives to liver biopsy in patients with chronic hepatitis C. The aim of this study was to assess in the same laboratory the impact of parameter assay variations on Fibrotest and Actitest results and intra-patient reproducibility of the two tests. The stability of the samples for each test was studied after storage at -80 degrees C and -20 degrees C. Within-run, between-run and total imprecision for each parameter assay, and for Fibrotest and Actitest results, were determined. Transferability of assay results between different analyzers was studied. Intra-patient reproducibility was assessed in 55 hospitalized patients. Fibrotest and Actitest reference ranges were determined in 300 blood donors (reference group). The stability of the parameters was affected by serum storage at -20 degrees C only. The impact of parameter analytical variability on Fibrotest and Actitest results was less than 10% and intra-patient reproducibility was acceptable (p > 0.05). The transferability between different analyzers of results of assays performed under the same standardized and calibration conditions was excellent. Fibrotest and Actitest reference ranges in blood donors were (mean+/-SE) 0.075+/-0.004 and 0.068+/-0.004, respectively. The low intra-laboratory and intra-patient variability in Fibrotest and Actitest results confirm Fibrotest and Actitest reliability.

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