Rickettsia (Typhus Fever) Antibodies (IgG, IgM) with Reflex to Titers [37503]

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Test Code

Alias/See Also

CPT Codes
86757 (x2)

If R. typhi IgG is Detected, then R. typhi IgG Titer will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86757).
If R. typhi IgM is Detected, then R. typhi IgM Titer will be performed at an additional charge (CPT code(s): 86757).

Preferred Specimen
1 mL serum

Minimum Volume
0.2 mL

Transport Container
Plastic screw-cap vial

Transport Temperature
Room temperature

Specimen Stability
Room temperature: 7 days
Refrigerated: 14 days
Frozen: 30 day

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

Immunofluorescent Assay (IFA)

Setup Schedule
Set up: Tues-Sat; Report available: 1-4 days

Even after infection has been treated, positive results may persist. False-positive reactions may occur during pregnancy.

Reference Range
Screen Titer
R. typhi IgG Not detected <1:64
R. typhi IgM Not detected <1:64

Clinical Significance
Antigen specific IgG and IgM titers allow rapid diagnosis of infection by one or more of the typhus fever group of rickettsial agents. This group includes Rickettsia typhi (endemic or murine typhus) R. prowazeki (epidemic typhus), and Brill-Zinsser disease caused by reactivation of latent R. prowazeki.

Performing Laboratory
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

Last Updated: December 6, 2021

The CPT Codes provided in this document are based on AMA guidelines and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payor being billed. Any Profile/panel component may be ordered separately. Reflex tests are performed at an additional charge.