Ordering Recommendation

May be useful in the comprehensive evaluation of patients with autoimmune neuropathies. Test by itself is not diagnostic and should be used in conjunction with other clinical parameters to confirm disease.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Serum separator tube.

Specimen Preparation

Separate serum from cells ASAP. Transfer 0.3 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.1 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Room temperature specimens. Plasma, CSF, or other body fluids. Contaminated, heat-inactivated, hemolyzed , severely icteric, or lipemic specimens.


After separation from cells: Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 year.


Semi-Quantitative Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay


Mon, Wed, Fri


1-4 days

Reference Interval

Test Number
Reference Interval
  Asialo-GM1 Antibodies, IgG/IgM 0-50 IV
  GM1 Antibodies, IgG/IgM 0-50 IV
  GM2 Antibodies, IgG/IgM
29 IV or less Negative
30-50 IV Equivocal
51-100 IV Positive
101 IV or greater Strong Positive

  GD1a Antibodies, IgG/IgM 0-50 IV
  GD1b Antibodies, IgG/IgM 0-50 IV
  GQ1b Antibodies, IgG/IgM 0-50 IV

Interpretive Data

Ganglioside antibodies are associated with diverse peripheral neuropathies. Elevated antibody levels to ganglioside-monosialic acid (GM1) and the neutral glycolipid, asialo-GM1 are associated with motor or sensorimotor neuropathies, particularly multifocal motor neuropathy. Anti-GM1 may occur as IgM (polyclonal or monoclonal) or IgG antibodies. These antibodies may also be found in patients with diverse connective tissue diseases as well as normal individuals. GD1a antibodies are associated with different variants of Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) particularly acute motor axonal neuropathy while GD1b antibodies are predominantly found in sensory ataxic neuropathy syndrome. Anti-GQ1b antibodies are seen in more than 80% of patients with Miller-Fisher syndrome and may be elevated in GBS patients with ophthalmoplegia. The role of isolated anti-GM2 antibodies is unknown. These tests by themselves are not diagnostic and should be used in conjunction with other clinical parameters to confirm disease.

This test was developed and its performance characteristics determined by ARUP Laboratories. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration. This test was performed in a CLIA certified laboratory and is intended for clinical purposes.

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


Hotline History


CPT Codes

83516 x6


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0051034 Asialo-GM1 Antibodies, IgG/IgM 88723-2
0051035 GM1 Antibodies, IgG/IgM 31500-2
0051036 GM2 Antibodies, IgG/IgM 88731-5
0051037 GD1a Antibodies, IgG/IgM 88724-0
0051038 GD1b Antibodies, IgG/IgM 88730-7
0051039 GQ1b Antibodies, IgG/IgM 88729-9
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  • Anti-GM Antibodies
  • Asialo-GM1 Antibodies, IgG/IgM
  • Asialo-GM1, GM1, GD1b, GQ1b IgG and IgM
  • Ganglioside Antibodies
  • Ganglioside Abs IgG and IgM
  • GM1, GM2, GD1a, GD1b, GQ1b IgG/IgM
Ganglioside (Asialo-GM1, GM1, GM2, GD1a, GD1b, and GQ1b) Antibodies