Trichinella Antibody
Label Mnemonic: TRICHAB
Epic Lab Code: LAB5738
Downtime Form: A-1a Miscellaneous Request
Commercial Mail-out Laboratory
5231 RCP
356-8593
Specimen(s):
Serum
Collection Medium:
Red top tube 5 mL (Clot Activator)
Minimum:
Preferred Minimum: 0.5 mL serum
Absolute Minimum: 0.15 mL serum
Turn Around Time:
1-7 dayS upon receipt at reference laboratory
Reference Range:
Negative (reported as positive or negative)
Interpretive Data:
A positive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) suggests current infection with Trichinella spiralis. Serology should be used in conjunction with clinical, epidemiologic, and other laboratory tests to establish the correct diagnosis.

The number of individuals showing positive results may vary significantly between populations and geographic regions.
Comments:
Useful as an adjunct in the diagnosis of trichinosis.

Cautions:
Antibodies to Trichinella spiralis may not be detectable until 3 weeks after the onset of infection. Therefore, negative results in suspicious cases should be followed by repeat testing in several weeks.
Methodology:
Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA)
CPT Code:
86784