Double Stranded DNA Antibody
Label Mnemonic: DSDNA
Epic Lab Code: LAB1299
Downtime Form: A-1a General Laboratory Requisition
Chemistry
6240 RCP
356-3527
Specimen(s):
Plasma
Collection Medium:
Plasma Separator Tube 4.5 mL
Alternate Collection Media:
Call laboratory for additional acceptable specimen collection containers.
Minimum:
3.0 mL whole blood from light green top tube or TWO Microtainer® devices
Testing Schedule:
24 hrs/day, 7 days a week, including holidays.
Turn Around Time:
3 hours (upon receipt in laboratory)
Reference Range:
Negative: 4 IU/mL or less
Indeterminate: 5-9 IU/mL
Positive: 10 IU/mL or greater
Interpretive Data:
Double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) IgG antibodies are part of the American College of Rheumatology criteria for the diagnosis of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). dsDNA are detectable in approximately 85% of patients with untreated SLE and are rarely detected in other connective tissue diseases. Weakly positive results are not specific to SLE and can occur in other diseases. Levels of dsDNA antibodies often fluctuate with disease activity in SLE and may decrease with response to therapy. Increases of 25% or more in dsDNA antibody level may indicate disease exacerbation.
Comments:
Assay methodology and reference ranges changed February 25, 2013.

All first-time positive results are confirmed by Crithidia immunofluorescence assay (IFA).
Methodology:
Multiplex flow immunoassay
CPT Code:
86235