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Rickettsial Antibody Battery, IgG

Updated

12/2/2016

Other Names Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF); Q Fever Antibody; Murine typhus; Ricketsia rickettsii Antibody; Rickettsia typhi Antibody
How to Order
Check the Rickettsial Battery box on the Virology/Immunology Test Request Form (Form 42).
Availability
All clients
Methodology
Indirect Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA)
Performed
Once per week, dependent upon specimen volume
Time to Reporting
3-7 working days after receipt of specimen.
CPT Code
86757


Specimen Collection Details

Collection
One 7 ml red top tube or serum separator tube (SST). Heat inactivated non-citrated plasma is also an acceptable specimen type.
 
If collecting during the acute phase, serum should be drawn during the active stage of illness.
 
If collecting during the convalescent phase, serum should be drawn 21 days or more after the acute phase specimen.
Optimal Volume
Blood:7 mL; Serum or non-citrated Plasma 1-2 mL
Minimum Volume
Blood:3 mL; Serum or non-citrated Plasma 0.5 mL
Handling
After blood clots, keep specimen refrigerated until transport. DO NOT FREEZE. If possible remove the serum from the clot as soon as possible.
Transport
Transport at refrigerated temperatures (2-8° C) for receipt at the OSPHL within 5 calendar days of specimen collection.
Rejection Criteria
Hyperlipemic, grossly hemolyzed, or contaminated specimens and specimens unable to be tested within 7 calendar days of specimen collection.
 
Specimens are subject to the requirements of the OSPHL Specimen Submission Policy and Criteria, available at: http://bit.ly/SpecimenCriteria.
Comments
This test procedure only detects IgG antibodies to the specific rickettsial agents.