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Clin Chim Acta. 1988 Aug 31;176(2):169-78.

Chromatography of serum on Sep-pak C18 corrects falsely elevated vitamin D metabolite levels measured by protein binding assay.

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Endocrine Laboratory, Royal Melbourne Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.

Abstract

Using a commercial kit method we obtained a vitamin D metabolite level within the normal range in a patient with biopsy-proven osteomalacia. This suggested that the ethanol extraction method employed had not removed serum factors known to falsely elevate the measurement of vitamin D metabolites. We therefore compared the levels measured after ethanol extraction and after purification by chromatography on Sep-pak C18 or Sephadex LH-20. Vitamin D metabolite levels after ethanol extraction of sera correlated with, but were higher than, those after chromatography on Sep-pak C18 cartridges (r = 0.84; 134 +/- 76 vs 76 +/- 46 nmol/l: mean +/- SD; p less than 0.01). Results were similar after chromatography on Sep-pak C18 and Sephadex LH-20 (r = 0.95; 79 +/- 46 vs 68 +/- 41 nmol/l). Sera from 5 patients (4 with osteomalacia, 1 with chronic pancreatitis/malabsorption) had vitamin D metabolite levels in the normal range after ethanol extraction but had low levels after Sep-pak C18 chromatography; four of these sera also had low levels after chromatography on Sephadex LH-20. These findings indicate that chromatography of serum on Sep-pak C18 cartridges corrects falsely elevated vitamin D metabolite levels measured by protein binding assay.

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