The lamellar body count (LBC) represents an alternative method to the TDx-FLM II (Abbott Laboratories, Abbott Park, IL), which is planned to be discontinued, for assessing fetal lung maturity. Our objective was to validate the LBC on 3 hematology analyzers (Coulter LH 750 and Coulter Ac•T diff2, Beckman Coulter, Brea, CA; and Sysmex XE-2100, Sysmex, Mundelein, IL) to serve as a template for other laboratories attempting to perform in-house validation. Intra-assay and interassay coefficients of variation ranged from 1.7% to 21.8% and 1.9% to 7.1%, respectively, and all analyzers demonstrated excellent linearity. Whole blood and meconium were shown to interfere with LBCs, and specimens with these contaminants should be tested using phosphatidyl glycerol. With a TDx-FLM II cutoff of 55 mg/g or more and an LBC cutoff of 50,000/μL or more for maturity, concordance between the TDx-FLM II and the LBC on all instruments was poor (<80% in all cases). Concordance between hematology analyzers was excellent (≥94%). When laboratories are performing in-house validations, they should not correlate LBC with TDx-FLM II results without outcome data. Correlation with another validated LBC method is preferred.
- Fetal lung maturity
- Fluorescent polarization
- Lamellar body count
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pathology and Forensic Medicine