Ann Emerg Med. 2020 Aug 14:S0196-0644(20)30509-6. doi: 10.1016/j.annemergmed.2020.06.047. Online ahead of print.
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Our objective is to describe the rates of diagnostic reclassification between conventional cardiac troponin I (cTnI) and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) and between combined and sex-specific hs-cTnT thresholds in adult emergency department (ED) patients in the United States.
METHODS: We conducted a prospective, single-center, before-and-after, observational study of ED patients aged 18 years or older undergoing single or serial cardiac troponin testing in the ED for any reason before and after hs-cTnT implementation. Conventional cTnI and hs-cTnT results were obtained from a laboratory quality assurance database. Combined and sex-specific thresholds were the published 99th percentile upper reference limits for each assay. Cases underwent physician adjudication using the Fourth Universal Definition of Myocardial Infarction. Diagnostic reclassification occurred when a patient received a diagnosis of myocardial infarction or myocardial injury with one assay but not the other assay. Our primary outcome was diagnostic reclassification between the conventional cTnI and hs-cTnT assays. Diagnostic reclassification probabilities were assessed with sample proportions and 95% confidence intervals for binomial data.
RESULTS: We studied 1,016 patients (506 men [50%]; median age 60 years [25th, 75th percentiles 49, 71]). Between the conventional cTnI and hs-cTnT assays, 6 patients (0.6%; 95% confidence interval 0.2% to 1.3%) underwent diagnostic reclassification regarding myocardial infarction (5/6 reclassified as no myocardial infarction) and 166 patients (16%; 95% confidence interval 14% to 19%) underwent diagnostic reclassification regarding myocardial injury (154/166 reclassified as having myocardial injury) by hs-cTnT.
CONCLUSION: Compared with conventional cTnI, the hs-cTnT assay resulted in no clinically relevant change in myocardial infarction diagnoses but substantially more myocardial injury diagnoses.