Validation of lamellar body counts using three hematology analyzers

Christina M. Lockwood, J. Chance Crompton, Joan K. Riley, Keith Landeros, Dennis J. Dietzen, David G. Grenache, Ann M. Gronowski

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)420-428
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican journal of clinical pathology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2010
Externally publishedYes


  • Fetal lung maturity
  • Fluorescent polarization
  • Lamellar body count

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine


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