November 4th, 2011

Antibody Interference Can Taint TSH Assays

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Interference from heterophile antibodies poses the risk of erroneous results on the commonly used Access thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) assay (Beckman Coulter), according to the results of a study presented here at the American Thyroid Association 81st Annual Meeting…Prevalence estimates for heterophile antibodies range from 1% to 80% of the population, according to lead author Nikola A. Baumann, PhD, director of clinical chemistry and specimen processing at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who presented the data.

Medscape Today, Nancy Melville, 11/4/11

Tags: Endocrinology / Diabetes, Research

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