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Clin Chem. 1993 Mar;39(3):544-7.

Equivalent discrimination among states of thyroid function by immunochemiluminimetric and immunoradiometric determination of thyrotropin.

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Department of Medicine III, University of Vienna, Austria.


New immunochemiluminometric assays (ICMA) of thyrotropin (TSH) have been reported to facilitate the diagnosis of hyperthyroidism. To compare the accuracy of ICMA-TSH with that of a conventional immunoradiometric assay (IRMA-TSH), we examined 115 consecutive patients of a thyroid outpatient clinic. On the basis of complete thyroid-function testing, including thyroliberin tests, the untreated patients (n = 89) were subclinically hyperthyroid (n = 21), subclinically hypothyroid (n = 13), or euthyroid (n = 55). The receiver-operating characteristic (ROC) curve, used for comparing the TSH values obtained by these two methods, was shifted to the left for the IRMA-TSH. The area under the curve was greater for IRMA-TSH than for ICMA-TSH (0.984 vs 0.869, respectively), which suggests equal or better clinical performance of IRMA-TSH vs ICMA-TSH in discriminating between hyperthyroidism and euthyroidism. Both assays displayed similar clinical sensitivity/specificity for evaluating thyroid function in hypothyroid and treated patients. We conclude that the ICMA-TSH tested is not more accurate than an IRMA in distinguishing between hyperthyroidism and euthyroidism.

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