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Support the diagnosis of primary atypical pneumonia (Mycoplasma pneumoniae), hemolytic anemia, cirrhosis, Raynaud's disease, some viral diseases, and infectious diseases such as staphylococcemia and influenza. May also occur in pregnancy. A fourfold rising and falling titer is found in primary atypical pneumonia (PAP); 55% of patients with PAP have rising titers. Ninety percent of these are severely affected or have prolonged illness.
Titer less than 1:40
* Reference ranges may change over time. Please refer to the original patient report when evaluating results.
Collect specimen in a red top tube; do not use SST tube. Maintain specimen at room temperature. In the laboratory, process as follows: 1) Place specimen in 37 degrees C waterbath or incubator for 30 minutes and allow to clot. 2) After 30 minute incubation at 37 degrees C, centrifuge specimen at 2000 rpm for 5 minutes. 3) Aliquot serum into a plastic vial and refrigerate. 4) Indicate on requisition or manifest that the specimen was incubated at 37 degrees C for 30 minutes. If specimen processing equipment is not available, the patient should have the specimen collected at an Mlabs Blood Drawing station.