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Measurement of lupus anticoagulants: An update on quality in laboratory testing


Adams, MJ, Measurement of lupus anticoagulants: An update on quality in laboratory testing, Seminars in Thrombosis and Hemostasis, 39, (3) pp. 267-271. ISSN 0094-6176 (2013) [Substantial Review]

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Copyright 2013 Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. (Information transferred from record 85527, which was the same paper but which was originally entered as an A1, and which has been deleted. HW 28/2/14)

DOI: doi:10.1055/s-0033-1334864


Lupus anticoagulants (LAs) are antiphospholipid antibodies that interfere with in vitro phospholipid-dependent clotting tests, but are associated in vivo with significant clinical manifestations such as recurrent pregnancy loss and venous and arterial thrombosis. Although their detection is important for the diagnosis of thrombotic disorders such as the antiphospholipid syndrome, laboratory identification has historically been fraught with many issues. These have included variability in the sensitivity of assays and reagents; high false-negative and false-positive detection rates; a lack of consensus for the use of mixing tests; and, to some extent, lack of compliance with guidelines published by the Lupus Anticoagulant/Antiphospholipid Antibody Scientific Standardization Committee of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH). Since the most recently updated guidelines in 2009, external quality assurance (EQA) programs have conducted surveys to provide a "snapshoto" of laboratory practices related to the investigation of LA and to identify problems and monitor improvements in testing for LA. This article will review the impact of the most recently updated ISTH guidelines for LA testing and discuss the findings of recent EQA surveys.

Item Details

Item Type:Substantial Review
Keywords:lupus anticoagulants, haematology, quality control, quality assurance
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Cardiovascular medicine and haematology
Research Field:Haematology
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Diagnosis of human diseases and conditions
ID Code:89311
Year Published:2013
Deposited By:Health Sciences A
Deposited On:2014-02-28
Last Modified:2022-07-12

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