Semiquantitative results for IgM antibodies against β2-glycoproteins
2 - 3 days
Turnaround time is defined as the usual number of days from the date of pickup of a specimen for testing to when the result is released to the ordering provider. In some cases, additional time should be allowed for additional confirmatory or additional reflex tests. Testing schedules may vary.
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Red-top tube or gel-barrier tube
Assess the risk of thrombosis in patients who may be at risk for antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). This test should be used in conjunction with current traditional anticardiolipin and anticoagulant tests.1
Anti-β2-glycoprotein 1 should not be used alone as a screening test for antiphospholipid syndrome.
Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to detect antibodies binding to a microtiter plate coated with purified β2-glycoprotein 1 antigen
0−32 GP1 IgM units
Recently, an international consensus group of experts in the diagnosis and management of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) concluded that β2-GP1 IgG and IgM antibodies should be included as diagnostic criteria for APS.2 This group determined that the presence of one or both of these antibodies is an independent risk factor for thrombosis and pregnancy complications.3
A common aspect to all assays for anticardiolipin antibodies (ACA) is the requirement that the assay system include a source of plasma proteins.3 It has been determined that, in many patients, β2-glycoprotein 1 (β2-GP1) is the plasma factor required for ACA binding.3,4 Solid-phase enzyme immunoassays that detect antibodies that bind to β2-GP1 in the absence of phospholipid are now part of the diagnostic arsenal for APS. β2-GP1-dependent binding is frequently detected in patients with clinical symptoms of APS.3 All three isotypes of anti-β2-GP1 (IgG, IgM, and IgA) have been associated with thrombosis.3,5,6 ACA that do not require β-2 GP1 are usually transient and not clinically significant. Studies have shown that ACA associated with infections tend to not be β2-GP1-dependent.4 This supports the conclusion that anti-β2-GP1 assays may be more specific for APS than ACA.4,7,8 While the majority of patients with LA will also test positive for ACA and β2-GP1 antibodies, approximately 30% of patients tested will have discordant results.9,10 Approximately 20% of patients who test negative for ACA will test positive for β2-GP1.9 Anti-β2-GP1 testing can be useful in the evaluation of patients with positive ACA results and a clinical picture that is not consistent with APS.3,4,8 A negative anti-β2-GP1 result in this context would not support a diagnosis of APS. Anti-β2-GP1 testing can also support the diagnosis of APS in patients with a strong clinical picture for APS with negative LA and ACA results.8
|Order Code||Order Code Name||Order Loinc||Result Code||Result Code Name||UofM||Result LOINC|
|163908||Beta-2 Glycoprotein I Ab, IgM||16136-4||163907||Beta-2 Glycoprotein I Ab, IgM||GPI IgM units||16136-4|
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