Brucella Antibody (Total) by Agglutination
0050135
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Mnemonic
BRUC
Methodology
Semi-Quantitative Agglutination
Performed
Mon-Fri
Reported
2-4 days
New York DOH Approval Status
This test is New York DOH approved.
Specimen Required
Patient Preparation
 
Collect
Serum separator tube.  
Specimen Preparation
Separate serum from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 1 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.2 mL) Parallel testing is preferred and convalescent specimens must be received within 30 days from receipt of the acute specimens. Mark specimens plainly as acute or convalescent.  
Storage/Transport Temperature
Refrigerated.  
Unacceptable Conditions
Contaminated, heat-inactivated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens.  
Remarks
 
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 6 months (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)  
Reference Interval
< 1:20 Negative
Interpretive Data
Cross-reactions may occur between Brucella and F. tularensis antigens and antisera; therefore, parallel tests should be run with these antigens. A fourfold rise in titer is considered diagnostic. A single serum titer of 1:80 or 1:160 is suggestive of brucellosis when accompanied by a compatible clinical course in a patient with a history of potential exposures.
Note
CPT Code(s)
86622
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0050135Brucella Ab (Total) by Agglutination
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Cross References
  • Brucella Serology
  • Brucella Total Antibody Agglutination, Serum
  • Febrile Agglutinins