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Evaluation of automated white blood cell differential count in cerebrospinal fluid on the body fluid module of Sysmex XN 2000 Delphine Labaere, Inge Geerts, Marc Moens, Marleen Van den Driessche Imelda hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium. MATERIALS & METHODS. BACKGROUND.

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Evaluation of automated white blood cell differential count in cerebrospinal fluid on the body fluid module of Sysmex XN 2000Delphine Labaere, Inge Geerts, Marc Moens, Marleen Van den DriesscheImelda hospital, Bonheiden, Belgium

MATERIALS & METHODS

BACKGROUND

Twenty-nine cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) samples with WBC count ≥10/µl were used for method comparison between the Sysmex XN 2000 and manual differentiation (200 WBCs) on cytospin slides. Samples with more than 10% broken cells on the cytospin slide were excluded.

White blood cell (WBC) differential count in cerebrospinal fluid is an urgent and important analysis which is traditionally performed by microscopy on cytospin slides. This study investigated whether automated WBC differential count on Sysmex XN 2000 could serve as a suitable alternative for the manual method.

RESULTS

A excellent correlation without significant bias was found for the percentage (%) and absolute number (cells/µl) of mononuclear and polymorphonuclear cells. [Table 1, Fig. 1]

Moreover, the XN 2000 agreed well with microscopic differentiation for the percentage and absolute number of neutrophils and lymphocytes, but a small significant negative bias was found for monocytes. [Table 2, Fig .2]

Table 1: Regression equations and correlation coefficients for mononuclear (MN) and polymorphonuclear (PMN) cell counts.

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Table 2: Regression equations and correlation coefficients for neutrophils, lymphocytes and monocytes.

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Figure 1: A-B: Regression curves for % mononuclear and polymorphonuclear cell counts.

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CONCLUSION

This study found a good agreement between automated WBC differential count on Sysmex XN 2000 and manual differentiation. Therefore, this instrument is a fast and accurate alternative to microscopy for analyzing CSF.

Figure 2: A-C: Regression curves for % neutrophils, lymphocytes and monocytes.


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