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Use of a quantitative point-of-care test for the detection of serum cardiac troponin T in patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes

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We compared a third generation quantitative cardiac troponin T (cTnT) point-of-care testing (POCT) from Roche Diagnostics with the laboratory assay (Roche Elecsys 2010 immunoassay analyser). Heparin-treated blood and serum were collected simultaneously in 133 unselected patients (mean age 62 ± 14 years, 38% females) presenting to our hospital with possible cardiac chest pain. Results of the POCT were measured against the laboratory-based assay considered as the gold standard. There were 18 POCT positive versus 24 laboratory assay positive (≥0.03 ng/mL) patients. POCT was falsely negative in six patients, with values between 0.03 and 0.1 ng/mL. The POCT had a sensitivity of 75%, specificity of 100%, positive predictive value of 100%, negative predictive value of 95% and a total accuracy of 95%; kappa = 0.831 (P < 0.001). There was good correlation between the values of POCT and the laboratory assay: Y = 1.195X + 0.002, r2 = 0.94 (P < 0.0001). Whereas cTnT levels >0.1 mg/mL were reliably detected with this current generation of POCT, cTnT levels between 0.03 and 0.10 ng/mL were not. Future generations of devices will need to improve sensitivity to reliably risk stratify patients with suspected acute coronary syndromes. (Intern Med J 2005; 35: 560–562)

Keywords: acute coronary syndrome; troponin T

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: Department of Cardiology, Liverpool Hospital, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Publication date: 2005-09-01

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