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Measles (Rubeola) Antibodies, IgM, Serum

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Measles (Rubeola) Antibodies, IgM, Serum
Synonym(s)

Measles Virus; Rubeola (Measles) Ab, IgM, S; Rubeola Antibodies, IgM Serum; Rubeola Antibody

Test ID
ROM
General Information

Useful for:



  • Determining acute-phase infection with rubeola (measles) virus using IgM antibody testing

  • Aiding in the identification of nonimmune individuals through IgM antibody testing

Specimen Type

Serum

Specimen Requirements

  • Preferred: Serum Gel (SST)

  • Acceptable: Red Top

Stability

  • Refrigerated (preferred): 14 days

  • Frozen: 14 days

Unacceptable Specimen Conditions

  • Gross hemolysis

  • Gross lipemia

  • Heat-inactivated specimen

Limitations

  • Grossly contaminated, hemolyzed, hyperlipemic, or icteric serum may yield unreliable results. Serum specimens must not be heat-inactivated prior to testing

  • A serum specimen drawn during the acute phase of infection when only low titers of IgM are present may yield negative results by this procedure

  • Rare heterotypic responses with rubella virus and varicella virus have been reported from measles virus

Methodology

Immunofluorescence Assay (IFA)

Estimated TAT

1-3 days

Testing Schedule

Monday-Saturday

Retention

14 days

CPT Code(s)

86765

Additional Information
Minimum Sample Volume

0.2 mL

Reference Range

Negative

Performing Lab

Mayo

LOINC Code(s)

35276-5