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Histamine Plasma

Test Code: 1136

Cpt Code:

83088 (x1)

Clinical Utility

Histamine measurements are often useful in evaluating patients with suspected anaphylaxis, mastocystosis, gastrointestingal disease, reactions to radiocontrast media, and drug induced anaphlactoid reactions. Additional information may also be obtained by measuring the concentration of tryptase, a mast cell enzyme. Unlike histamine, tryptase is not found in basophils.

Procedure

Enzyme Immunoassay (monoclonal-based competitive binding EIA) after chemical derivatization by acylation (See McBride reference). This test has not been cleared or approved for diagnostic use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Turnaround Time

Setup: M-T-Th. TAT 2-3 business days from receipt of specimen.

Specimen Information

plasma

NY approved. Sample preparation is critical: Collect 3 mL of blood in an EDTA tube (lavender top). Cool immediately on ice. Centrifuge at 900 x g for 10 minutes at 4° C. The centrifugation should be performed within 20 minutes of collection. Carefully remove 1 mL of plasma from the upper part of the tube and transfer to a plastic vial and freeze. Ship frozen overnight on dry ice.

Stability
Not stable ambient or refrigerated

Disclaimer

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

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