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Serum activin A does not predict ectopic pregnancy as a single measurement test, alone or as part of a multi-marker panel including progesterone and hCG.
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PMID:  22245044     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of activin A alone or in a multi-marker panel for the prediction of ectopic pregnancy (EP). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on a cohort of 289 women who presented to the emergency department (ED) with vaginal bleeding and/or abdominal pain/cramping and were diagnosed with EP, spontaneous abortion, or viable intrauterine pregnancy. Serum progesterone, hCG, and activin A concentrations were measured on the samples obtained in the ED. Statistical analysis was performed to determine the clinical utility of these biomarkers as single measurement and as a multi-marker panel test for ectopic pregnancy. Women ≥18y with vaginal bleeding or abdominal pain/cramping. RESULTS: Progesterone (<10ng/ml), hCG (<6,699IU/l), and activin A (<0.26ng/ml) cutoffs were optimized by ROC analysis. These demonstrated sensitivities of 62.9%, 74.2%, and 59.6%, and specificities of 60.5%, and 63.0%, and 61.0% respectively for detecting EP. The multi-marker panel utilizing all three biomarkers had a sensitivity of 70% and specificity of 69%. CONCLUSION: Serum activin A cannot be used as a single measurement or in a multi-marker panel with progesterone and hCG to predict EP.
Joshua Warrick; Ann Gronowski; Courtney Moffett; Quihong Zhao; Emily Bishop; Alison Woodworth
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-5
Journal Detail:
Title:  Clinica chimica acta; international journal of clinical chemistry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1873-3492     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-1-16     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  1302422     Medline TA:  Clin Chim Acta     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V.
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, United States.
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