TICKS - Specimen: Tick-Borne Disease Antibodies Panel, Serum

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Test ID: TICKS    
Tick-Borne Disease Antibodies Panel, Serum

Testing Algorithm Delineates situation(s) when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

If Lyme disease screen is positive or equivocal, then the Lyme disease antibody confirmation (by Western blot) will be performed at an additional charge.

 

See Acute Tick-Borne Disease Testing Algorithm in Special Instructions.

Specimen Type Describes the specimen type needed for testing

Serum

Specimen Required Defines the optimal specimen. This field describes the type of specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing. The volume allows automated processing, fastest throughput and, when indicated, repeat or reflex testing.

Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume Defines the amount of specimen required to perform an assay once, including instrument and container dead space. Submitting the minimum specimen volume makes it impossible to repeat the test or perform confirmatory or perform reflex testing. In some situations, a minimum specimen volume may result in a QNS (quantity not sufficient) result, requiring a second specimen to be collected.

0.7 mL

Reject Due To Identifies specimen types and conditions that may cause the specimen to be rejected

Hemolysis

Mild OK; Gross reject

Lipemia

Mild OK; Gross reject

Icterus

NA

Other

Heat-inactivated specimen

Specimen Stability Information Provides a description of the temperatures required to transport a specimen to the laboratory. Alternate acceptable temperature(s) are also included.

Specimen TypeTemperatureTime
SerumRefrigerated (preferred)14 days
 Frozen 14 days

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