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Aniel-Quiroga Rodriguez A.,Laboratorio Of Hormonas | Granada Ybern M.L.,Hospital Universitario Germans Trias i Pujol | Arza Ruesga A.,Laboratorio Of Hormonas | Mugica Garay J.,Laboratorio Of Hormonas | Lopez-Urrutia Fernandez A.,Laboratorio Of Hormonas
Revista del Laboratorio Clinico | Year: 2012

Objective: To asses the stability of cortisol, and 25 (OH)-Vitamin D concentrations in serum, and adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) in plasma samples, according to the storage time under normal working conditions for these samples, and to compare two different centrifugation protocols. Material and method: The samples were obtained from 25 healthy volunteers (5 men and 20 women) for the study of cortisol and 25 OH-vit D. For the ACTH only 15 of the 25 samples were used. The samples were processed in the Liaison® DiaSorin analyser at times between 90. minutes and 7 days from the time the sample was taken until the result was obtained. Results: Cortisol and 25 OH-Vit D remained stable during the time of the study under the specified conditions. ACTH remained stable only until the 8th hour at 4° C. There were no significant differences in relation to the time of centrifugation. Conclusions: The regular management conditions of the samples, 8. hours at room temperature with or without previous centrifugation and later storage at 4° C for a week does not jeopardize the stability of cortisol and 25 OH-vit D. In the case of ACTH the samples have to be frozen after they are obtained if they are not going to be processed in less than 8 hours. © 2011 AEBM, AEFA y SEQC. Source

Ortigosa Gomez S.,Servicio de Pediatria | Garcia-Algar O.,Servicio de Pediatria | Garcia-Algar O.,Autonomous University of Barcelona | Mur Sierra A.,Servicio de Pediatria | And 5 more authors.
Revista Espanola de Salud Publica | Year: 2015

Background. Plasma 25(OH)D levels in the newborn are dependent on maternal stores, thus, neonates of vitamin D-deficient mothers present a greater risk of hypocalcaemia, rickets and infections the first year of life. Several studies showing a high prevalence of vitamin D deficiency in pregnant women have been published recently. The aim of the study is to analyze the levels of 25(OH)D in cord blood and determine whether there is a relation with nutritional, socioeconomic and clinical factors of pregnant women and their newborns. Metthods. Between March and May 2013, 99 pregnant women were recruited in Hospital del Mar (Barcelona), in whom plasma 25(OH)D and PTH levels were measured in cord blood at birth. Clinical history data were collected and a nutritional survey was made on maternal vitamin D and calcium intake and sun exposure. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS. Comparisons were performed using Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U tests, and correction for multiple comparisons using Bonferroni. P value <0.05 and <0.0083 for multiple comparisons were considered statistically significant. Results. Mean 25(OH)D value in cord blood was 10.4±6.1 ng/ml. 94% of pregnant women had 25(OH)D levels in cord blood <20 ng/ml. Vitamin D and calcium intake was considered adequate in 92% although sun exposure was deficient in 47%. A correlation between serum 25(OH)D and vitamin D (p 0.033) and calcium intake (p 0.005), sun exposure (p<0.001), ethnicity (p<0.001), skin phototype (p<0.001) and use of traditional clothing (p<0.001) was found. Conclusions. There is a high prevalence of low levels of vitamin D after winter months in cord blood. The lowest 25(OH D levels were observed in Indo-Pakistani ethnicity, dark phototype and deficient sun exposure. Source

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