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Bacterial Antigen Series - Serum  (BACT AG S)

Synonyms:  None listed
Specimen:  Blood; (1) SST (serum separator) or Red (no preservative) top vacutainer tube.
                        Volume:  Full primary tube
Minimum Volume:  2 mL serum
Collection:  If tube other than an SST is collected, transfer serum to a tightly capped plastic aliquot tube within 2 hours of collection for transport. Refrigerate at 2-8°C. Specimen should be tested within 72 hours of collection.
Storage:  Refrigerate at 2-8 degrees C
Rejection Criteria:  Inadequate quantity; hemolysis; lipemia; gross bacterial contamination; specimen received after prolonged delay (more than 72 hours); improper labeling.
Reference Range:  Negative
Methodology:  Latex Agglutination
Test Use:  Detection of bacterial antigens in serum to aid diagnosis of meningitis
Additional Information:  May be negative in early meningitis. Sensitivity of the tests vary from 50 - 100%. Does not replace gram stain and culture.
Testing Includes:  Specimen sent to LabCorp. LabCorp test # 006890. Determination of presence of antigens to H. influenzae, S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, and group B Streptococcus.
Testing Facility:  LabCorp