MCA - Performance: Myocardial Antibodies, Serum

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Test Name

Test ID: MCA    
Myocardial Antibodies, Serum

Method Description Describes how the test is performed and provides a method-specific reference

Myocardial antibodies are detected by an indirect immunofluorescent technique. Monkey heart tissue substrate is incubated with patient's serum. Antibodies specific for cardiac muscle antigens bind to the tissue and are detected by fluorescein-labeled antihuman immunoglobulin antiserum.(Twomey SL, Bernett GE: Immunofluorescence method for detecting anti-myocardial antibodies, and its use in diagnosing heart disease. Clin Chem 1975;21:1903-1906). All patient specimens are initially screened at 1:20 and 1:40 dilutions.

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Day(s) and Time(s) Test Performed Outlines the days and times the test is performed. This field reflects the day and time the sample must be in the testing laboratory to begin the testing process and includes any specimen preparation and processing time required before the test is performed. Some tests are listed as continuously performed, which means assays are performed several times during the day.

Monday through Sunday; 11 a.m.

Analytic Time Defines the amount of time it takes the laboratory to setup and perform the test. This is defined in number of days. The shortest interval of time expressed is "same day/1 day," which means the results may be available the same day that the sample is received in the testing laboratory. One day means results are available 1 day after the sample is received in the laboratory.

1 day

Maximum Laboratory Time Defines the maximum time from specimen receipt at Mayo Medical Laboratories until the release of the test result

3 days

Specimen Retention Time Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

7 days

Performing Laboratory Location The location of the laboratory that performs the test