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Q. When performing a manual differential that contains immature cells, such as metamyelocytes and myelocytes, do you report an absolute count on all of the individual cells in the myelocytic line, or do you group them together and calculate one ANC? What about lymphocytes and reactive lymphocytes? Read answer. Q. Why and in what employment screening settings is the two-step skin test for Mycobacterium tuberculosis recommended? Read answer.

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Q. Can you explain further the revised CAP checklist requirement COM.40850 “LDT and Class I ASR Reporting,” which says to describe the method and performance characteristics in test reports unless the information is available to the clinician in an equivalent format? Read answer. Q. Can we see reactive lymphocytes in the pediatric population (under age two), and can we report them? Read answer.

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Q. Is there expert advice or standard practice for releasing preliminary critical values for patients to the LIS pending subsequent technologist or technician verification and documentation? Read answer. Q. We hope to validate a procedure for the fixation, decalcification, and staining of bone marrow specimens but we will not be able to access fresh marrow specimens for our decalcification validation. Can you recommend an alternative tissue to validate the preservation of tissue morphology and antigenicity after decalcification? Read answer.

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July 2018—Is CD30 currently being used as a predictive marker for therapy? Due to laboratory construction, our molecular instruments were relocated within the lab. Is full test validation required in this case? Or is running at least 20 known samples enough to verify the instrument/assay performance specifications?

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June 2018—What is the role of total testosterone and free testosterone in gauging the effectiveness of androgen deprivation therapy?

We are planning to validate the mismatch repair panel in our immunohistochemistry laboratory. Do we use the CAP guidelines for antibody validation for a nonpredictive marker or a predictive marker?

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Q&A column, 5/18

May 2018—Our immunohistochemistry laboratory is moving to a new building across the street. We are not getting new equipment, just moving the machines to the new building. Do we need to perform a full revalidation of all our antibodies?

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