Laboratory Medicine Updates - March 4, 2005

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LABORATORY MEDICINE UPDATE

March 4, 2005

 

 

Growth Hormone Reference Interval

 

Correction to the announcement of January 27, 2005: Nichols Institute Diagnostics, manufacturer of the human growth hormone reagent used in Medical Laboratories, has instituted a change in calibration that impacts the reference interval for this assay.  The new reagent is calibrated to the NIBSC 2nd IS 98/574 for Somatropin (recombinant DNA derived material).  The change in standardization was driven by World Health Organization (WHO) and will provide better consistency across different lots of reagents.  New reference interval is 0.1 – 16.8 ng/mL.

 

 

 

Change in Calculation of Mean Plasma Glucose from Hemoglobin A1c Values

 

Based on recommendations from the American Diabetes Association (Diabetes Care 28, Supplement 1, January 2005), the calculation of Mean Plasma Glucose from hemoglobin A1c values will change to one based on the study of Rohlfing, et al, (Diabetes Care 25:275-278, 2002) effective March 7, 2005.  The new calculation is based on the correlation of approximately 1500 comparisons using data from the Diabetes Control and Complications Trial (DCCT).  The formula for the conversion is:

 

MPG = (35.6*HgbA1c) – 77.3

 

This value will be calculated only for hemoglobin A1c values between 6.0% and 12.0% as this represents the range of data used to derive the above equation.  The table below provides a comparison of the values using the old and new calculation.

 

Hemoglobin A1c value

Mean plasma glucose

OLD CALCULATION

Mean plasma glucose

NEW CALCULATION

6.0 %

108

136

7.0 %

140

172

8.0 %

174

208

9.0 %

212

243

10.0 %

253

279

11.0 %

297

314

12.0 %

344

350