Francisella tularemia Antibodies

Laboratory Fee Schedule

Procedure: MZZ0336A

CPT: 86668

Synonym(s): Microagglutination Assay for Detecting Antibodies to Francisella tularensis Cell Surface Antigen
Requisition Form G-2A.
Test Description The detection and quantitation of F. tularensis antibodies by microagglutination.
Pre-Approval Needed N/A
Supplemental Information Required N/A
Supplemental Form(s) N/A
Performed on Specimens from (sources) Human
Sample/Specimen Type for Testing Serum
Minimum Volume/Size Required 100
Storage/Preservation Prior to Shipping
  • Specimens should be frozen at -15°C or colder on the day of receipt unless they will be tested the following day. 
  • Specimens may be stored at 2°C to 8°C when testing will occur within two days. 
  • Avoid repeated freezing and thawing.
Transport Medium N/A
Specimen Labeling At least 2 patient specific identifiers: First and last name as one identifier and a DOB or a unique patient specific identifier (e.g. Medical Record number); must match information on submission form (G-2A).
Shipping and Specimen Handling Requirements
  • Two patient-specific identifiers required (e.g., patient full name, date of birth, medical record number)
  • Identifiers on specimen must exactly match submission form.
    Additional forms & resources
Method Microagglutination test
Turn-around Time 5 working days.
Interferences/Limitations In some cases cross reaction may be evident with Brucella spp. and Legionella spp. antigens.
Common Causes for Rejection
  • Insufficient quantity
  • Unacceptable specimen type or source
  • Improper shipping conditions
  • Expired media or collection container
  • Discrepancies between specimen label and submission form
  • Incomplete or missing submission form.
Additional Information This test does not differentiate between early IgM and late IgG antibody response.  Acute and/or convalescent sera must be heat inactivated for 30 minutes at 56 +/- 2°C before testing.