Direct comparisons of three alternative plasma fibrinogen assays with the Von Clauss assay in prediction of cardiovascular disease and all-causes mortality: the Scottish heart health extended cohort

Sanne A.E. Peters, Mark Woodward, Ann Rumley, Wolfgang Koenig, Hugh Tunstall-Pedoe, Gordon D. O. Lowe (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    There is strong evidence from meta-analyses of prospective epidemiological studies that increasing plasma fibrinogen levels are associated with an increasing risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality. However, there are few published direct comparisons of the several different available fibrinogen assays in association with CVD or mortality. We therefore prospectively compared the standardized von Clauss assay of clottable fibrinogen with three other assays: prothrombin time (PT)-derived clottable fibrinogen, immunonephelometric fibrinogen, and heat precipitable fibrinogen in the Scottish Heart Health Extended Cohort. Hazard ratios (HRs) for a standard deviation increase in fibrinogen for risk of CVD, adjusted for age and sex, were 1·17 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1·14; 1·21) for the von Clauss assay; 1·19 (1·06; 1·33) for the heat precipitation assay; 1·16 (1·01; 1·35) for the PT-derived assay; and 1·28 (1·10; 1·51) for the immunonephelometric assay. HRs for all-cause mortality were 1·21 (1·18; 1·24); 1·13 (1·01; 1·26), 1·17 (1·00; 1·37) and 1·17 (0·99; 1·39), respectively. No significant differences were observed between the assays in such comparisons. We therefore conclude that the choice between plasma fibrinogen assays in routine clinical haematology and biochemistry laboratories should depend on practical factors, and not on expected differences in the strength of associations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)392-399
    Number of pages8
    JournalBritish Journal of Haematology
    Volume162
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Aug 2013

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