Diphtheria and Tetanus Antibody

Sunquest Code:DT  
Epic Code:LAB792Epic Name:Diphtheria Tetanus Antibody Panel
Synonyms:Tetanus Antibody; Diphtheria Antibody
Methodology:Enzyme immunoassay
Test Includes:Diphtheria and tetanus antibodies.
Turnaround Time:Performed once a week; results are reported within 7 days.

Analyte Specific Reagents are used in many laboratory tests necessary for standard medical care and generally do not require U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by Fairview Laboratory Services. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This test is used for clinical purposes. It should not be regarded as investigational or for research.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.8 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel) (Red (no gel))
Collection Instructions:A pre-immunization and a 1-3 month post-immunization specimen are recommended.
Causes for Rejection:Grossly lipemic, hemolyzed or icteric samples; heat-inactivated samples. Samples not separated from cells within 2 hours of collection.

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Within 2 hours centrifuge and aliquot 0.6 mL, 0.3 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator up to 48 hours.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:Enter these comments if written on request form: pre-immunization; post-immunization
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Endocrine  (UMMC-East Bank)


Reference Range:

A concentration of greater than 0.01 IU/mL is considered to be protective; however, a concentration of greater than 0.1 IU/mL for Diphtheria and >0.15 IU/mL for Tetanus is desirable for individual protection.

The interpretation of these results must be done in combination with the patient's clinical history and immunization record.


Use:Evaluation of humoral immunity.The assay for Diphtheria Antibody is for research use only and is not approved for diagnostic purposes. Tetanus Toxoid Antibody kits are classified as analyte specific reagents. Analytical and performance characteristics were established at UMMC.

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