BACKGROUND: Although it is known that glucose concentration exhibits a time-dependent decay in uncentrifuged serum and lithium-heparin blood tubes, no evidence exists on how this variation may depend on blood cell counts (CBC) and volumes. METHODS: Venous blood was drawn from 30 non fasting healthy volunteers into three serum and three lithium-heparin tubes. One serum and lithium-heparin tubes were centrifuged within 15 min after collection and glucose was measured with a hexokinase assay. The second and third serum and lithium-heparin tubes were maintained at room temperature for 1 and 2 h after the first tubes were centrifuged. These other tubes were then centrifuged and glucose was measured. CBC was performed in the first lithium-heparin tube, before centrifugation. RESULTS: The mean decrease of glucose was higher in lithium-heparin plasma than in serum (0.33 vs. 0.24 mmol/L/h; p<0.001). Glucose concentration decreased by 7% and 5% per hour in lithium-heparin plasma and serum, respectively. In univariate analysis, the absolute decrease of glucose concentration was associated with sex (higher in men than in women), red blood cell (RBC) count, hematocrit, white blood cell (WBC) count, neutrophils and monocytes in both lithium-heparin plasma and serum. In multivariate analysis, the decrease of glucose concentration remained independently associated with RBC, WBC, neutrophils and monocytes in both sample matrices. No significant association was found with platelet number and erythrocyte or platelet volume. CONCLUSIONS: Glucose concentration decrease in uncentrifuged lithium-heparin and serum tubes depends on the baseline number of RBC, WBC, neutrophils and monocytes within the tubes.
|Titolo:||Impact of blood cell counts and volumes on glucose concentration in uncentrifuged serum and lithium-heparin blood tubes|
LIPPI, Giuseppe (Corresponding)
|Data di pubblicazione:||2018|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01.01 Articolo in Rivista|