Ordering Recommendation

Aid in the detection of amebic liver abscess. Test is not useful for intestinal infection.


Semi-Quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay


Tue, Fri


1-5 days

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York DOH approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

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: 0.1 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


Unacceptable Conditions

Contaminated, heat-inactivated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens.


After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)

Reference Interval

Effective February 6, 2017

8 U or less: Negative - No significant level of detectable E. histolytica IgG antibody.
9 - 11 U: Equivocal - Repeat testing in 10-14 days may be helpful.
12 U or greater: Positive - IgG antibody to E. histolytica detected, suggestive of a current or past infection.

Interpretive Data

Seroconversion between acute and convalescent sera is considered strong evidence of recent infection.  The best evidence for infection is a significant change on two appropriately timed specimens where both tests are done in the same laboratory at the same time.

Compliance Category



In the case of extraintestinal complications, a positive antibody can indicate amebiasis even though stool findings are negative.

Hotline History


CPT Codes



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0050070 E. histolytica (amebiasis), Ab, IgG 9522-4
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  • Amebiasis histolytica Antibody
  • E histolytica IgG Antibody
  • E. histolytica Antibody
  • Ova and Parasite Exam
Entamoeba histolytica (amebiasis), Antibody, IgG