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Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (Alpha-Gal) IgE

Test Code: 30039

Cpt Code:

86003 (x1)

Clinical Utility

The Galactose-alpha-1,3-galactose (Alpha-Gal) IgE test more specifically defines the etiology of allergic responses to meat allergens in patients with a delayed onset of symptoms (3 to 6 hours after meal). IgE to Alpha-Gal is the likely cause of anaphylactic reactions in individuals who develop hypersensitivities to beef, pork and/or lamb as adults.


Solid phase immunoassay with alpha-galactose-1-3-galactose as the bound antigen. Calibrated against total IgE standards from WHO Reference 75/502 to generate results in kilounits of IgE. This test has not been cleared or approved for diagnostic use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Assay Range

The result is reported in kU/L. The assay range is 0.1 to 100. The reference range for a healthy population is less than 0.35.

Causes For Rejection

Lipemic samples may lead to rejection

Turnaround Time

1-2 Business day from receipt of specimen

Specimen Information

serum - NY approved. 1 mL serum, ambient, frozen or refrigerated


Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above.

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Commins, S.P., et. al., Delayed anaphylaxis, angioedema, or urticaria after consumption of red meat in patients with IgE antibodies specific for galactose-a-1,3-galactose. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2009; 123(2): 426-433.

Commins, S.P., et. al., Anaphylaxis syndromes related to a new mammalian cross-reactive carbohydrate determinant. J Allergy Clin Immunol 2009; 124(4): 652-657.

Van Nunen, S. A. et. al., An association between tick bite reactions and red meat allergy in humans. Med J Aust 2009; 190: 510-511.

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