W. J. Geilenkeuser

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BACKGROUND Biochemical markers of bone metabolism are used to assess skeletal turnover, but the variability of marker assays is still an issue of practical concern. We describe the results of an international proficiency testing program for biochemical bone markers among clinical laboratories. METHODS Two serum and two urine pools (normal and increased(More)
BACKGROUND Circulating tumour DNA (ctDNA) is considered to have a high potential for future management of malignancies. This pilot external quality assessment (EQA) scheme aimed to address issues of analytical quality in this new area of laboratory diagnostics. METHODS The EQA scheme consisted of three 2-mL EDTA-plasma samples spiked with fragmented(More)
BACKGROUND Suboptimal laboratory procedures resulting in genotyping errors, misdiagnosis, or incorrect reporting bear greatly on a patient's health management, therapeutic decisions made on their behalf, and ultimate outcome. Participation in external quality assessment (EQA) is a key element of quality assurance in molecular genetic diagnostics. Therefore,(More)
For many years now the German Society for Clinical Chemistry has organized interlaboratory surveys by order of the Federal Medical Association. Human growth hormone (GH) is one of 20 endocrine parameters included in a set of two control specimens and offered to survey participants at least 4 times a year. Since no reference method exists for GH, the 'true(More)
The Reference Institute of Bioanalysis of the German Society of Clinical Chemistry has performed the first external assessment of molecular genetics methods used in medical diagnosis. The following procedures were tested: (I) DNA preparation from whole blood, (II) PCR amplification using "standard" primers, and (III) submarine agarose gel electrophoresis.(More)
We describe an External Quality Assessment Scheme (EQAS) intended for reference (calibration) laboratories in laboratory medicine and supervised by the Scientific Division of the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine and the responsible Committee on Traceability in Laboratory Medicine. The official EQAS website, RELA(More)
Data collected between 1983 and 1991 in interlaboratory surveys of the determination of tumour markers are used to show the magnitude of the scatter of results from different laboratories for the analysis of a single quantity in a given matrix. These data also show that the varying specificity of different reagent combinations appears to make a considerable(More)
The reliability of bilirubin analyses is especially important in cases of neonatal hyperbilirubinaemia. However, when the means of the results of external quality control surveys and the method-dependent stated values for control sera were compared with reference method values, differences of up to 10% were found. Further inaccuracy arose from(More)
The different matrix properties of neonatal serum and commercial control samples can lead to considerable errors in the calibration and control of bilirubinometers. These difficulties can be avoided by calibration with serum from healthy adults which is supplemented with unconjugated bilirubin. But this procedure is impracticable for most routine(More)
BACKGROUND EGFR and its downstream signaling pathway are important targets for cancer therapy. Recently, the monoclonal anti-EGFR antibody Necitumumab in combination with gemcitabine and cisplatin was approved (EMA/14106/2016) for first-line treatment of squamous non-small cell carcinoma (SqNSCLC). Eligibility was restricted to cases with positive EGFR(More)