Ordering Recommendation

Screening test for voltage-gated potassium channel (VGKC) antibody receptor complex-associated autoantibodies. Assay does not identify contactin associated protein 2 (CASPR2) antibody or leucine-rich glioma inactivated 1 protein (LGI1) antibodies. Use to manage antibody-positive (VGKC, LGI1, or CASPR2) individual following immunotherapy and/or plasmapheresis. Serum is the preferred specimen type; see Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel (VGKC) Antibody, Serum (2004890).

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation


Specimen Preparation

Transfer 4 mL CSF to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.5 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Plasma. Grossly lipemic or icteric specimens.


Ambient: 48 hours; Refrigerated: 2 weeks; Frozen: 1 month (avoid repeated freeze/thaw cycles)


Quantitative Radioimmunoassay


Mon, Thu


1-8 days

Reference Interval

Test Number
Reference Interval
  Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Ab, CSF 1.1 pmol/L or less

Interpretive Data

Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel (VGKC) antibodies are associated with neuromuscular weakness as found in neuromyotonia (also known as Issacs syndrome) and Morvan syndrome. VGKC antibodies are also associated with paraneoplastic neurological syndromes and limbic encephalitis; however, VGKC antibody-associated limbic encephalitis may be associated with antibodies to leucine-rich, glioma-inactivated 1 protein (LGI1) or contactin-associated protein-2 (CASPR2) instead of potassium channel antigens. A substantial number of VGKC-antibody positive cases are negative for LGI1 and CASPR2 IgG autoantibodies, not all VGKC complex antigens are known. The clinical significance of this test can only be determined in conjunction with the patient's clinical history and related laboratory testing.

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



Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
3001388 Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel Ab, CSF 68913-3
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Voltage-Gated Potassium Channel (VGKC) Antibody, CSF