Bartonella Antibody Profile

CPT: 86611(x4)
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  • Rochalimaea
  • Bacillary Angiomatosis (BA)
  • Cat Scratch Disease Antibody

Test Includes

Bartonella henselae, IgG; Bartonella henselae, IgM; Bartonella quintana, IgG; Bartonella quintana, IgM

Expected Turnaround Time

1 - 5 days

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Specimen Requirements




2 mL

Minimum Volume

0.3 mL (Note: This volume does not allow for repeat testing.)


Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube

Storage Instructions


Causes for Rejection

Hemolysis; lipemia; gross bacterial contamination

Test Details


Bartonella (formerly Rochalimaea) henselae has become firmly established as the primary etiologic agent for cat scratch disease (CSD). Bartonella quintana, known for some time as a cause of trench fever, is also associated with CSD and bacillary angiomatosis (BA). Both diseases frequently affect immunocompromised patients, particularly those infected with HIV-1. Although CSD is generally a self-limiting disease, it can be life-threatening.


There is some cross-reactivity between the IgG classes of B henselae and B quintana.

This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined, by LabCorp. It has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA has determined that such clearance or approval is not necessary.


Indirect fluorescent antibody (IFA)


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Order Code Order Code Name Order Loinc Result Code Result Code Name UofM Result LOINC
163162 Bartonella Antibody Panel 163163 B. henselae IgG titer 6954-2
163162 Bartonella Antibody Panel 163164 B. henselae IgM titer 6955-9
163162 Bartonella Antibody Panel 163165 B. quintana IgG titer 44827-4
163162 Bartonella Antibody Panel 163168 B. quintana IgM titer 44825-8

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