Ordering Recommendation

Initial diagnostic test when suspicion of myasthenia gravis is high.

New York DOH Approval Status

This test is New York state approved.

Specimen Required

Patient Preparation

Serum Separator Tube (SST).

Specimen Preparation

Separate from cells ASAP or within 2 hours of collection. Transfer 0.5 mL serum to an ARUP Standard Transport Tube. (Min: 0.3 mL)

Storage/Transport Temperature


Unacceptable Conditions

Plasma. Contaminated, hemolyzed, or severely lipemic specimens.


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


Quantitative Radioimmunoassay (RIA)




2-8 days

Reference Interval

Test Number
Reference Interval
  Acetylcholine Binding Antibody 0.4 nmol/L or less

Interpretive Data

Approximately 85-90 percent of patients with myasthenia gravis (MG) express antibodies to the acetylcholine receptor (AChR), which can be divided into binding, blocking, and modulating antibodies. Binding antibody can activate complement and lead to loss of AChR. Blocking antibody may impair binding of acetylcholine to the receptor, leading to poor muscle contraction. Modulating antibody causes receptor endocytosis resulting in loss of AChR expression, which correlates most closely with clinical severity of disease. Approximately 10-15 percent of individuals with confirmed myasthenia gravis have no measurable binding, blocking, or modulating antibodies.

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.

Component Interpretive Data
Acetylcholine Binding Antibody 0.0-0.4 nmol/L: Negative
0.5 nmol/L or greater: Positive

Compliance Category

Laboratory Developed Test (LDT)


If Acetylcholine Receptor Binding Antibody result is less than or equal to 0.4 nmol/L then Muscle-Specific Kinase (MuSK) Ab, IgG (ARUP test code 3006198) will be added. Additional charges apply.

Hotline History


CPT Codes

86041; if reflexed, add 86366; 86256


Component Test Code* Component Chart Name LOINC
0080009 Acetylcholine Binding Antibody 11034-6
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  • AChR Antibody
  • Muscle nicotinic Acetylcholine Receptor (AChR) Binding Antibody
  • Muscle-Specific Kinase Antibody by RIA
  • Muscle-Specific Receptor Tyrosine Kinase
  • MuSK
  • MuSK Autoantibody
  • Myasthenia Gravis Antibodies
Acetylcholine Receptor Binding Antibody with reflex to Muscle-Specific Kinase (MuSK) Ab, IgG