Recommendations for the Standardization of Light Transmission Aggregometry: A Consensus of the Working Party from the Platelet Physiology Subcommittee of SSC/ISTH

J Thromb Haemost. 2013 Apr 10. doi: 10.1111/jth.12231. Online ahead of print.


Light transmission aggregometry (LTA) is the most common method used to assess platelet function. However, there is no universal standard for its performance. The Platelet Physiology Subcommittee of the Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis formed a working party of experts with the aim of producing a series of consensus recommendations for standardizing LTA. Due to a lack of investigations that directly compared different methodologies to perform LTA studies, there were insufficient data to develop evidence-based guidelines. Therefore, the RAND method was used, which obtains a formal consensus among experts about the appropriateness of health care interventions, particularly when scientific evidence is absent, scarce and/or heterogeneous. Using this approach, each expert scored as "appropriate", "uncertain" or "inappropriate" a series of statements about the practice of LTA, which included pre-analytical variables, blood collection, blood processing, methodological details, choice of agonists and the evaluation and reporting of results. After presentation and public discussion at SSC meetings, the assessments were further refined to produce final consensus recommendations. Before delivering the recommendations, a formal literature review was performed using a series of defined search terms about LTA. Of the 1830 potentially relevant studies identified, only 14 publications were considered to be actually relevant for review. Based upon the additional information, 6 consensus statements were slightly modified. The final statements were presented and discussed at the SSC Meeting in Cairo (2010) and formed the basis of a consensus document, which is the subject of the present report. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.