The diagnostic utility of laboratory tests in paediatric medicine relies heavily on the availability of appropriate reference intervals (RIs). The Canadian Laboratory Initiative on Paediatric Reference Intervals (CALIPER) has established a comprehensive database of covariate-stratified RIs for many paediatric laboratory tests using a large, healthy reference population. Several automated analysers in widespread use in clinical laboratories have already been studied. Here, we extend the testing to Roche immunoassays and report, for the first time, comprehensive paediatric RIs for 17 endocrine and special chemistry markers.
A total of 741 healthy children and adolescents (1 day to <19 years) were recruited and serum samples were analysed for 17 immunoassays on the Roche cobas 8000 e602 Immunoassay Analyzer. Age and sex-specific RIs were established and corresponding 90% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated in accordance with Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute guidelines.
Reference values for all analytes measured required age partitioning, particularly during early life and throughout adolescence. Of the 17 analytes measured, eight required sex partitioning, including ferritin, thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH), total triiodothyronine (TT3) and all fertility/sex hormones, except prolactin.
This is the first study to determine accurate paediatric RIs for Roche immunoassays. RIs were generally similar to those previously published by CALIPER on other analytical platforms, highlighting the reproducibility of age- and sex-specific trends in reference values observed across the paediatric age range. The RIs established in this study will improve the accuracy of test result interpretation and clinical decision-making in clinical laboratories utilising Roche immunoassays.