Ficus Species (k81) IgE

Test Code
23861

CPT Codes
86003

Preferred Specimen
0.3 mL serum

Minimum Volume
0.15 mL

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 14 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 30 days

Reject Criteria (Eg, hemolysis? Lipemia? Thaw/Other?)
Gross hemolysis

Methodology
Immunoassay (IA)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Mon-Sat a.m.; Report available: 3 days

Reference Range
See Laboratory Report

Clinical Significance
Ficus benjamina (Fb) is a tropical non-flowering plant used ornamentally in homes and public places such as offices and hospitals. The allergens are located in the sap of the plant, as well as in dust collected from leaf surfaces and on the floor, where the allergens may persist of several months after removal of the plant. The main route for sensitization is likely inhalation of airborne dust emanating from the leaves of the plant. Non-atopic patients have been reported to develop allergic rhinoconjunctivitis, contact urticaria and asthma caused by Fb. A frequent association between sensitization to Ficus species and natural rubber latex from Hevea brasiliensis has been attributed to cross-reacting IgE antibodies.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Inst San Juan Capistrano
33608 Ortega Highway
San Juan Capistrano, CA 92690-6130



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