Antiphospholipid Syndrome (APS) Profile

CPT: 85598; 85610; 85613; 85670; 85730; 86146(x2); 86147(x2)
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Test Includes

(1) If the dilute Russell viper venom time (dRVVT) screen is high, a confirmation test will be performed. (2) If thrombin time is greater than 30.0 seconds, thrombin neutralization will be performed. (3) If activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) is 3 or more seconds above the upper limit of the reference range, activated partial thromboplastin time 1:1 normal plasma will be performed.

Expected Turnaround Time

3 - 4 days

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Specimen Requirements


Plasma, frozen; and serum, room temperature


Three 2-mL citrated plasma tubes and 2 mL serum


Blue-top (sodium citrate) platelet-free plasma tubes and red-top tube or gel-barrier tube


Citrated plasma samples should be collected by double centrifugation. Blood should be collected in a blue-top tube containing 3.2% buffered sodium citrate.1 Evacuated collection tubes must be filled to completion to ensure a proper blood to anticoagulant ratio.2,3 The sample should be mixed immediately by gentle inversion at least six times to ensure adequate mixing of the anticoagulant with the blood. A discard tube is not required prior to collection of coagulation samples, except when using a winged blood collection device (ie, "butterfly"), in which case a discard tube should be used.4,5 When noncitrate tubes are collected for other tests, collect sterile and nonadditive (red-top) tubes prior to citrate (blue-top) tubes. Any tube containing an alternate anticoagulant should be collected after the blue-top tube. Gel-barrier tubes and serum tubes with clot initiators should also be collected after the citrate tubes. Centrifuge for 10 minutes and carefully remove 2/3 of the plasma using a plastic transfer pipette, being careful not to disturb the cells. Deliver to a plastic transport tube, cap, and recentifuge for 10 minutes. Use a second plastic pipette to remove plasma, staying clear of the platelets at the bottom of the tube. Transfer the plasma into a LabCorp PP transpak frozen purple tube with screw cap (LabCorp N° 49482).

Freeze immediately and maintain frozen until tested. To avoid delays in turnaround time when requesting multiple tests on frozen samples, please submit separate frozen specimens for each test requested.

Please print and use the Volume Guide for Coagulation Testing to ensure proper draw volume.

Storage Instructions

Plasma, frozen; serum, room temperature. Stable at room temperature, refrigerated, or frozen for 14 days.

Patient Preparation

Ideally, the patient should not be on anticoagulant therapy. Avoid warfarin (Coumadin®) therapy for two weeks prior to the test and heparin, direct Xa, and thrombin inhibitor therapies for about three days prior to testing.

Causes for Rejection

Severe hemolysis; improper labeling; clotted specimen; specimen diluted with IV fluids; samples thawed in transit; improper sample type; sample out of stability

Test Details


Qualitative detection of lupus anticoagulants (LA) in plasma;6 semiquantitative detection of anticardiolipin and β2-glycoprotein 1 (β2GP1) antibodies in serum


Anticoagulant therapies may result in false-positive LA results but will not interfere with aCL and β2GP1 testing.


Clot; enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). A written assessment of the APS profile results is also provided as an aid in interpretation.

Additional Information

Antiphospholipid antibodies are a heterogeneous population of immunoglobulins directed against phospholipid-binding proteins that fall into one or two groups: lupus anticoagulants (which are identified using plasma-based clotting assays) and solid phase antibodies (which are identified using enzyme immunoassays and include anticardiolipin antibodies, antibodies to β2-glycoprotein 1 (β2GP1), antibodies to prothrombin, and others). Antiphospholipid antibodies, if present persistently during at least a 12-week period, may be associated with venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, arterial thrombosis, and pregnancy morbidity including recurrent fetal loss.7,8 In order to determine the presence of APS, both lupus anticoagulants (LA) and immunoassays for anticardiolipin and β2GP1 antibodies should be performed. Lupus anticoagulants are nonspecific inhibitors that extend the clotting time of phospholipid-dependent clotting assays, such as the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT).6,7 Unlike specific factor inhibitors, LA are not associated with an increased bleeding risk, unless the patient also suffers from thrombocytopenia or hypoprothrombinemia as a manifestation of the antibody. LA do not specifically inhibit individual coagulation factors; rather they neutralize anionic phospholipid-protein complexes that are involved in the coagulation process. Prolongation of clot-based assays is highly dependent on the sensitivity of the reagent employed to the presence of LA. Reagents with reduced amounts of phospholipid, such as the hexagonal phospholipid neutralization assay (aPTT LA) and dilute Russell viper venom time (dRVVT), have enhanced sensitivity for LA.6 Due to the heterogeneity of LA antibodies, no single assay will identify all cases.8 The International Society of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (ISTH) has established criteria for the diagnosis of lupus anticoagulants; there is also an international consensus statement describing criteria for antiphospholipid syndrome diagnosis.6-8 The laboratory criteria for definitive APS include one or more of the following; positive anticardiolipin IgG or IgM antibody at significant titer (>40 GPL or MPL units), positive β2GP1 IgG or IgM antibody, positive LA, and at least one result must demonstrate persistence of positivity at an interval of at least 12 weeks. Testing for lupus anticoagulant, anticardiolipin and β2GP1, and the antiphospholipid syndrome that is associated with these antibodies is described in more detail in the online coagulation appendices: Lupus Anticoagulants and Antiphospholipid Syndrome.


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2.Reneke J, Etzell J, Leslie S, et al. Prolonged prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time due to underfilled specimen tubes with 109 mmol/L(3.2%) citrate anticoagulant. Am J Clin Pathol. 1998; 109(6):754-757. 9620035
3. National Committee for Clinical Laboratory Standardization. Collection, Transport, and Processing of Blood Specimens for Coagulation Testing and General Performance of Coagulation Assays; Approved Guideline. 5th ed. Villanova, Pa: NCCLS; 2008.
4. Gottfried EL, Adachi MM. Prothrombin time and activated partial thromboplastin time can be performed on the first tube. Am J Clin Pathol. 1997; 107(6):681-683. 9169665
5. McGlasson DL, More L, Best HA, et al. Drawing specimens for coagulation testing: Is a second tube necessary? Clin Lab Sci. 1999; 12(3):137-139. 10539100
6. Pengo V, Tripodi A, Reber G, et al. Update of the guidelines for lupus anticoagulant detection. Subcommittee on Lupus Anticoagulant/Antiphospholipid Antibody of the Scientific and Standardisation Committee of the International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis. J Thromb Haemost. 2009 Oct; 7(10):1737-1740. 8560433
7. Keeling D, Mackie I, Moore GW, Greer IA, Greaves M; British Committee for Standards in Haematology. Guidelines on the investigation and management of antiphospholipid syndrome. Br J Haematol. 2012 Apr; 157(1):47-58. 22313321
8. Miyakis S, Losckshin MD, Atsumi T, et al. International consensus statement on an update of the classification criteria for definite antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). J Thromb Haemost. 2006 Feb; 4(2):295-306. 16420554


Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 117012 aPTT sec 14979-9
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 117030 PT sec 5902-2
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 115108 INR 6301-6
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 109009 Thrombin Time sec 3243-3
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 117891 dRVVT sec 6303-2
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 117842 Hexagonal Phase Phospholipid sec 3282-1
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 161812 Anticardiolipin Ab,IgG,Qn GPL U/mL 3181-5
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 161830 Anticardiolipin Ab,IgM,Qn MPL U/mL 3182-3
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 163881 Beta-2 Glycoprotein I Ab, IgG GPI IgG units 16135-6
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 163907 Beta-2 Glycoprotein I Ab, IgM GPI IgM units 16136-4
117079 Antiphospholipid Syndrome 117080 APS Panel Interpretation 50595-8
Reflex Table for aPTT
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 117159 aPTT 1:1 Normal Plasma 117159 aPTT 1:1 Normal Plasma sec 5946-9
Reflex Table for Thrombin Time
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 117203 Thrombin Neutralization 117203 Thrombin Neutralization sec 46224-2
Reflex Table for dRVVT
Order Code Order Name Result Code Result Name UofM Result LOINC
Reflex 1 117924 dRVVT Confirm 117924 dRVVT Confirm ratio 50410-0

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