Time And temperature affect glycolysis in blood samples regardless of fluoride-based preservatives: a potential underestimation of diabetes

Title: Time And temperature affect glycolysis in blood samples regardless of fluoride-based preservatives: a potential underestimation of diabetes
Authors: Stapleton, Mary
Daly, Niamh
O'Kelly, Ruth
Turner, Michael
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/9368
Date: 1-Nov-2017
Abstract: Background: The inhibition of glycolysis prior to glucose measurement is an important consideration when interpreting glucose tolerance tests. This is particularly important in gestational diabetes mellitus where prompt diagnosis and treatment is essential. A study was planned to investigate the effect of preservatives and temperature on glycolysis. Methods: Blood samples for glucose were obtained from consented women. Lithium heparin and fluoride-EDTA samples transported rapidly in ice slurry to the laboratory were analysed for glucose concentration and then held either in ice slurry or at room temperature for varying time intervals. Paired fluoride-citrate samples were received at room temperature and held at room temperature, with analysis at similar time intervals. Results: No significant difference was noted between mean glucose concentrations when comparing different sample types received in ice slurry. The mean glucose concentrations decreased significantly for both sets of samples when held at room temperature (0.4mmol/L) and in ice slurry (0.2mmol/L).
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Sage
Copyright (published version): 2017 Sage
Keywords: Clinical studiesDiabetesLaboratory methods
DOI: 10.1177/0004563216682978
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
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