Babesia microti Antibodies (IgG, IgM), IFA

Test Code
BABM

CPT Codes
86753 (x2)

Includes
Babesia microti IgG and Babesia microti IgM

Preferred Specimen
1 mL serum

Minimum Volume
0.1 mL

Transport Container
Plastic screw-cap vial

Transport Temperature
Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 72 hours
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 30 days

Methodology
Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA)

This test was developed and its performance characteristics have been determined by Quest Diagnostics. It has not been cleared or approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary. Performance characteristics refer to the analytical performance of the test.

Limitations
Individuals infected with malaria may falsely test positive.

Reference Range
Babesia microti Antibodies IgG <1:64
Babesia microti Antibodies IgM <1:20


Clinical Significance
Babesia serological testing is used to diagnose infection by the Babesia tick-borne protozoan. Infection may cause hemolytic anemia.

Performed By
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute



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