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Chagas Disease Antibody

Updated

10/5/2009

Other Names American trypanosomiasis
How to Order
Check the “Other Sendout For” on the green Virology/Immunology Request Form and write in “Chagas Disease”
Availability
All Clients; Requires completed CDC Form 50.34
Methodology
Serology performed at the CDC
Performed
Specimens are sent to the CDC Monday through Wednesday
Time to Reporting
2 to 4 weeks. Results are released on day of receipt from the CDC 
 
CPT Code
 
 



Specimen Collection Details

Collection
One 7 ml red top tube or serum separator tube (SST).
Optimal Volume
Blood:  5-7 mL; Serum:  1-2 mL
Minimum Volume
Blood:  3 mL; Serum: 1 mL
Handling
If transport will take longer than 24 hours, serum should be separated from the clotted specimen.  If transport will take longer than 3 days, serum or plasma should be frozen @ -20° C or lower for transport.
Transport
Ambient, if received in the laboratory within 8 hours, refrigerated if received in laboratory within 3 days of collection, or frozen on dry ice if serum specimen is 3 days old or older.
Rejection Criteria
Specimens other than whole blood in a red top tube or serum are not suitable for testing.  Contaminated specimens are unsatisfactory for testing.  Refrigerated specimens received at OSPHL more than 3 days after collection and specimens received without proper patient identifiers on specimen tube, or specimens received with requests without submitter information are unsatisfactory and will not be tested.
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