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AMEBIASIS SEROLOGY

Item Value
Approval req'd? yes, Microbiology Laboratory Medicine Resident
Available Stat? No
Test code AMB
Performed by? Reference Laboratory - ARUP web page for Entamoeba histolytica (Amebiasis) Antibody, IgG.
Sendout? yes
Price range $
Method ELISA
Interpretation Approximately 90-100% of patients with amebic liver abscess, 80-100% of patients with symptomatic intestinal amebiasis, and 10-50% of patients who are asymptomatic cyst passers have a positive reaction with serologic tests. These tests are relatively specific; however, patients may retain a positive result for 3-5 years in spite of successful treatment.

In patients with an acute presentation of less than 7 days, serology tests may be negative. If a diagnosis is still in question, it is recommended to repeat serology testing 5-7 days later.
Container type gold gel
Amount to Collect 1 mL
Sample type Serum
Special instructions Separate serum from cells ASAP.
Synonyms Entamoeba Histolytica Serology;
Additional information Assay is for Entamoeba histolytica IgG Antibody.
References 1. Mandell, G.L., Bennett, J.E., Dolin, R., Eds. Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases, 6th ed., Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia, 2005.
CPT coding 86753
Last Updated 2/6/2009 8:52:05 AM
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