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The measurement of venous haematocrit in patients with polycythaemia vera.

Författare och institution:
Björn Andreasson (Institutionen för invärtesmedicin, Avdelningen för internmedicin); E Wahlström (-); Stefan Jacobsson (Institutionen för laboratoriemedicin, Avdelningen för klinisk kemi/transfusionsmedicin); Magnus Björkholm (-); J Samuelsson (-); Gunnar Birgegård (-); Hans Wadenvik (Institutionen för invärtesmedicin, Avdelningen för internmedicin); Jack Kutti (Institutionen för invärtesmedicin, Avdelningen för internmedicin)
Publicerad i:
Journal of internal medicine, 246 ( 3 ) s. 293-7
Artikel, refereegranskad vetenskaplig
Sammanfattning (abstract):
OBJECTIVE: In clinical practice, patients with polycythaemia vera (PV) are monitored by measurement of venous packed cell volume (PCV). However, whereas treatment recommendations are still based upon studies in which the results were obtained with the centrifuged microhaematocrit, currently in most instances automated blood cell counters are used to calculate PCV. In a group of patients with polycythaemia we therefore compared the results obtained by the microhaematocrit method with PCV calculated by haematology analysers. DESIGN: The study was carried out on a prospective basis. Duplicate venous blood samples were collected. The centrifuged microhaemotocrit was obtained by using an IEC Micro-MB Centrifuge. Depending on different routine methods used in the participating hospitals, the blood cell counter PCV was calculated using Coulter STKS, Bayer Technicon H2 or H3. SETTING: Patients were included from four Swedish university hospitals: Akademiska (Uppsala), Huddinge and Karolinska (Stockholm) and Sahlgrenska (Göteborg). SUBJECTS: Seventy-four patients with PV and 10 patients with secondary polycythaemia were included and a total of 150 duplicate blood samples were analysed from these subjects. RESULTS: In the 150 measurements the mean blood cell counter calculated PCV was 0.448 +/- 0.037; the mean for centrifuged microhaematocrit was 0.467 +/- 0. 037 and the difference between means was highly significant (P = 6.8 x 10-25). The means for centrifuged haematocrit and calculated PCV differed significantly in the groups of PV patients treated with phlebotomy only, hydroxyurea or radiophosphorous (P < 0.0001, respectively). In PV patients treated with alpha-interferon and in patients with secondary polycythaemia the difference in means did not reach statistical significance (P = 0.07 and P = 0.13, respectively). The groups of patients with MCV <80 fL and >/=80 fL both presented significant differences between means for calculated PCV and centrifuged haematocrit. CONCLUSIONS: If PV patients are monitored with blood cell counter calculated PCV it appears that the therapeutic goal should be to maintain the calculated PCV below 0.43, provided the local differences in calculated PCV and centrifuged haematocrit are of the same magnitude as in this study.
Ämne (baseras på Högskoleverkets indelning av forskningsämnen):
Klinisk medicin ->
Klinisk medicin ->
Annan klinisk medicin ->
Klinisk kemi
Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Hematocrit, methods, Humans, Male, Middle Aged, Polycythemia Vera, blood, Veins
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2009-12-21 15:28
Posten ändrad:
2011-01-20 10:00

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