St. Louis Encephalitis Antibody, IgM by IFA, Serum
0098732
 
Ordering Recommendation
Mnemonic
STL M SER
Methodology
Semi-Quantitative Indirect Fluorescent Antibody
Performed
Tue, Fri
Reported
1-5 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: 0.15 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
Plasma. Contaminated, heat-inactivated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens.  
Remarks
 
Stability
After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)  
Reference Interval
Less than 1:16
Interpretive Data
This test is intended to be used as a semi-quantitative means of detecting St. Louis virus-specific IgM in serum samples in which there is a clinical suspicion of St. Louis virus infection. A positive result for IgM may suggest current or recent infection. This test should not be used solely for quantitative purposes, nor should the results be used without correlation to clinical history or other data. Because other members of the Flaviviridae family, such as West Nile virus, show extensive cross-reactivity with St. Louis virus, serologic testing specific for these species should also be performed.
Note
CPT Code(s)
86653
Components
Component Test Code*Component Chart Name
0098732St. Louis Encephalitis Ab, IgM, Serum
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Cross References
  • Encephalitis Antibody, St. Louis
  • St. Louis encephalitis IgG, Serum