BABESIA MICROTI ANTIBODY IGG, BY IFA

Specimen Required
Draw blood in a SST. Centrifuge, remove serum from cells within 2 hours of collection. Send 0.5 mL serum (0.2 mL minimum) refrigerated in a screw-capped plastic vial.

Alternate Specimen
Serum: Red-top
Plasma: EDTA, heparin, ACD

Rejection Criteria
Hemolyzed or lipemic specimens

Methodology
Semi-quantitative Indirect Fluorescent Antibody

Stability
Room temperature: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 14 days; Frozen: 1 year

Reference Range
<1:16 Negative:   No significant level of detectable Babesia IgG antibody  
1:16 Equivocal: Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful
>1:16 Positive:   IgG antibody to Babesia detected, which may indicate a current or past infection  

Performed
Monday, Wednesday, Saturday

Turnaround Time3-7 days
Test CodeBMAAB
CPT-4 Code (s)
86753
LOINC Codes
Babesia microti Antibody IgG by IFA:   16117-4  

Warde
Medical
Laboratory