Irish Journal of Medical Science

, Volume 157, Issue 9, pp 293–294 | Cite as

A rapid slide agglutination test contrasted with a radioimmunoassay for myoglobin measurement for the early diagnosis of myocardial necrosis

  • R. J. FitzGerald
  • W. P. Tormey


A RAPID semiquantitative slide agglutination test for myoglobin was contrasted with a radioimmunoassay (RIA) method. Using the RIA as a standard, 15.1% of 199 tests from coronary care patients were misclassified by the slide test.

In ideal laboratory conditions, a result was available at the bedside in about 40 mins using the slide test whereas the RIA took twice or three times as long depending on the selected duration of the incubations. The slide test was too error prone to be other than contributory within the diagnostic process.


Acute Myocardial Infarction Coronary Care Unit Slide Test Slide Agglutination Serum Myoglobin 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. J. FitzGerald
    • 1
  • W. P. Tormey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Chemical PathologyRichmond HospitalDublin 7

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