AMNIOTIC-FLUID POLARIZATION OF FLUORESCENCE AND LECITHIN SPHINGOMYELIN RATIO DECISION CRITERIA ASSESSED/

Citation
Lh. Bernstein et al., AMNIOTIC-FLUID POLARIZATION OF FLUORESCENCE AND LECITHIN SPHINGOMYELIN RATIO DECISION CRITERIA ASSESSED/, The Yale journal of biology & medicine, 68(3-4), 1995, pp. 101-117
Citations number
23
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
Medicine, Research & Experimental
ISSN journal
0044-0086
Volume
68
Issue
3-4
Year of publication
1995
Pages
101 - 117
Database
ISI
SICI code
0044-0086(1995)68:3-4<101:APOFAL>2.0.ZU;2-4
Abstract
A negative finding of amniotic fluid (AF) phosphatidyl glycerol (PG) d oes not eliminate the need for determining the lecithin/sphingomyelin ratio (LSR). We use a novel approach to classify fetal lung maturity ( FLM) data, and to validate the fluorescence polarization (FP) surfacta nt assay (Abbott), which replaces the PG assay and reduces the frequen cy of repeat LSR. This method finds the values (decision points) of th ese tests that allow for classifying the data with least errors. These tests best identify the risk of respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) f rom fetal lung immaturity. We find the decision values for tests by ex ploring the data for information content and optimize their selection using group-based reference. We previously defined normal reference as the maximum entropy set with no information. The uncertainty resolved by information provided in the data allows formation of syndromic cla sses. This is greatest at the values for the variables (decision-point s) associated with the greatest decrease in entropy. Decision-values f ound for PF, EGA, PG, LSR that classify amniotic fluids into the matur e and not-mature classes are in agreement with the results of ROC anal ysis. We validate the replacement of PG by the PF method. We also find a level of FP below which LSR might be required to resolve uncertaint y and above which the FP indicates maturity. We confirm the ability to evaluate fetal maturity methods using information analysis.