European Biological Variation Study (EuBIVAS): Within- And between-subject biological variation estimates for serum thyroid biomarkers based on weekly samplings from 91 healthy participants

Michela Bottani, Aasne K. Aarsand, Giuseppe Banfi, Massimo Locatelli, Abdurrahman Coşkun, Jorge Díaz-Garzón, Pilar Fernandez-Calle, Sverre Sandberg, Ferruccio Ceriotti, Anna Carobene

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Abstract

Thyroid biomarkers are fundamental for the diagnosis of thyroid disorders and for the monitoring and treatment of patients with these diseases. The knowledge of biological variation (BV) is important to define analytical performance specifications (APS) and reference change values (RCV). The aim of this study was to deliver BV estimates for thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), free thyroxine (FT4), free triiodothyronine (FT3), thyroglobulin (TG), and calcitonin (CT). Analyses were performed on serum samples obtained from the European Biological Variation Study population (91 healthy individuals from six European laboratories; 21-69 years) on the Roche Cobas e801 at the San Raffaele Hospital (Milan, Italy). All samples from each individual were evaluated in duplicate within a single run. The BV estimates with 95% CIs were obtained by CV-ANOVA, after analysis of variance homogeneity and outliers. The within-subject (CVI) BV estimates were for TSH 17.7%, FT3 5.0%, FT4 4.8%, TG 10.3, and CT 13.0%, all significantly lower than those reported in the literature. No significant differences were observed for BV estimates between men and women. The availability of updated, in the case of CT not previously published, BV estimates for thyroid markers based on the large scale EuBIVAS study allows for refined APS and associated RCV applicable in the diagnosis and management of thyroid and related diseases.

Original languageEnglish
JournalClinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

Keywords

  • analytical performance specification
  • biological variation
  • reference change value
  • thyroid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Biochemistry
  • Biochemistry, medical

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