Brucella Antibody

Abbrev Code:BRUCAB   
Order Code:LAB221Order Name:Brucella Species Antibody
Methodology:Bacterial agglutination
CPT Codes: 86622 x3
Turnaround Time:Specimens are sent to reference laboratory Sun-Sat; results are reported in 2-4 days.
Special Instructions:Parallel testing is preferred. Label samples as acute or convalescent. Convalescent samples must be received within 30 days of acute sample.

Collection Instructions

Optimal Volume:2 mL
Minimum\Peds Volume:0.8 mL
Container:Red or gold (gel)
Alternate Containers: Red (no gel)
Causes for Rejection:Lipemic specimen; hemolyzed specimen

Processing and Shipping

Specimen Processing:Centrifuge and aliquot ASAP or within 2 hours of collection, 1 mL, 0.3 mL minimum. Store in refrigerator. Mark specimens plainly as “acute” or “convalescent”.
Shipping Instructions:Ship at refrigerated temperature.
Stability:After separation from cells: 48  hours at room temperature; 2 weeks refrigerated; 6 months frozen.
Test Performed at or Referral Lab Lab Sendouts  (ARUP)
Referral Lab number:50135


Reference Range:
    Negative: 1:20 titer
Cross reactions may occur between Brucella and F. tularensis antigens and antisera, therefore, parallel tests should be run with these antigens. A fourfold rise in titer is considered diagnostic. A single serum titer of 1:80 or 1:160 is suggestive of Brucellosis when accompanied by a compatible clinical course in a patient with a history of potential exposures.

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