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Bird Fancier's Hypersensitivity Profile

Test Code: 401718P

Cpt Code:

86331 (x11) 86003 (x5) 82785 (x1)

Clinical Utility

For patients who have both precipitating antibody specific for bird antigens and the symptoms and the clinical findings for pneumonitis, a diagnosis of bird fancier's lung disease may be appropriate. It is important to recognize that a positive serology alone cannot be used to establish the diagnosis of HP or Bird Fancier's Lung without the appropriate clinical findings and exposure history. In patients who lack the symptoms of HP but who have precipitating antibody (usually IgG) the serology can be taken to document significant exposure to bird antigens. Although the gel diffusion methods may be less sensitive than new methods, such as the ELISA tests for these bird antigens, it may be more specific.

Procedure

ImmunoCAP® FEIA - IgE, Gel Diffusion (Ouchterlony).

Specificity

Assay Range

Causes For Rejection

Turnaround Time

3-5 business days from the receipt of specimen.

Shipping

Ship Monday through Friday. Friday shipments must be labeled for Saturday delivery. All specimens must be labeled with patient's name and collection date. A Viracor-IBT test requisition form must accompany each specimen. Multiple tests can be run on one specimen. Ship specimens FedEx Priority Overnight® to: Viracor-IBT Laboratories, 1001 NW Technology Dr, Lee's Summit, MO 64086.

Specimen Information

serum

2 mL (minimum) collected in red-top or SST. Separate serum from cells by centrifugation. Transfer serum to screw-cap tube for shipment. If specimen was collected in SST, the entire tube can be shipped following centrifugation. Specimen may be shipped ambient or frozen.

Specimen Type Disclaimer

Disclaimer

Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above. The CPT codes provided are based on Viracor-IBT's interpretation of the American Medical Association's Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes and are provided for general informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Questions regarding coding should be addressed to your local Medicare carrier. Viracor-IBT assumes no responsibility for billing errors due to reliance on the CPT codes illustrated in this material.  
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