A common method for evaluating suspected antibody deficiency is to immunize the patient with an appropriately selected vaccine, such as Diphtheria, and determine vaccine-specific antibody concentrations in a serum sample 3-4 weeks post-immunization compared to a pre-immunization sample. A normal post-immunization response to these toxins is a 10 to 100-fold increase in antibody concentration compared to the pre-immunization sera. The recommended protective level of Diphtheria antitoxin IgG is greater than or equal to 0.10 IU/mL.Procedure
The toxin isolated from Corynebacterium diphtheriae is used as a solid phase antigen in a sensitive microtiter EIA. The EIA is calibrated by reference to the WHO International Reference Diphtheria anti-toxin lot NIBSC 00/496. This test has not been cleared or approved for diagnostic use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
2-3 business days from receipt of specimen
|Specimen Type||Order Code||CPT Code||NY Approved||Volume||Assay Range||Special Instructions|
1 mL (min. 200 uL)
Specimens are approved for testing in New York only when indicated in the Specimen Information field above.
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