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Geisinger Epic Procedure Code: LAB1944         Geisinger Epic ID: 27256

Specimen type:
Serum (preferred) or sodium citrate plasma.
Preferred collection container:
Alternate Collection Container:
6 mL red-top (plain, non-serum separator) tube
2.7 mL blue-top (3.2% sodium citrate) tube
Specimen required:
0.5 mL serum (preferred) or sodium citrate plasma; minimum 0.2 mL.

Specimen processing instructions:
Allow serum to clot. Centrifuge and submit 0.5 mL serum or plasma. 
Transport temperature:
Refrigerated (preferred). Room temperature (stable 8 hours) and frozen specimens also acceptable.
Specimen stability:
Room temperature: 8 hours. 2-8°C: 48 hours. Frozen: 6 months.
Rejection criteria:
Specimen stability exceeded; specimen grossly hemolyzed.

Reference interval:
Negative <10 MPL-U/mL
Interpretation guide:
Negative <10 MPL-U/mL
Weak Positive 10-40 MPL-U/mL
Positive >40 MPL-U/mL
Additional information:
Sodium citrate plasma has been validated for use with this assay for those patients ordered for Anti-Lupus Coagulation panels (LUPACP or LUPACC) without an available serum sample.
CPT code(s):
Note: The billing party has sole responsibility for CPT coding.  Any questions regarding coding should be directed to the payer being billed.  The CPT codes provided by GML are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only.
Test includes:
Cardiolipin IgM antibody.
Enzyme Immunoassay (EIA)
CARDM, Cardiolipin antibody IgM
Antiphospholipid IgM antibody
ACA IgM antibody, ACL IgM antibody
Anticardiolipin IgM AB
Clinical significance:
The presence of cardiolipin antibodies when used in conjunction with clinical findings and other laboratory tests can aid in assessing the risk of thromboembolic disease in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or primary anti-phospholipid syndrome (APS). Anticardiolipin/beta-2 glycoprotein antibodies must be detected on 2 or more occasions at least 12 weeks apart to fulfill the laboratory diagnostic criteria for Antiphospholipid Syndrome.
Doctoral Director(s:)
Hoi-Ying Elsie Yu PhD, DABCC    
Review Date: 12/13/2022

Performing Locations

Geisinger Medical Center

Performing laboratory: Immunology
Technical Lead: Kathy Hurst
Frequency: Two days per week, 1st shift.
Performed STAT? No
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