|Department:||Immunology - Blood Bank|
|Available:||Tests or batched Monday - Friday|
|Container:||Red Top or Butterscotch (Gold Top)|
|Temperature:||Specimens may be kept at controlled room temperature for shipping purposes only. Otherwise, they should be stored at 2-8°C if assayed within one week or -20°C for longer term storage.|
|Rejection:||Unlabeled, mislabeled samples, samples with the wrong anticoagulant, or improperly stored samples.|
|Uses:||Allergen-specific IgE antibody levels as measured by in vitro assays are sometimes used as grounds for instituting immunotherapy, however the results of a Specific IgE test should not be the only consideration when selecting an initial dose for immunotherapy. Prior to implementing immunotherapy, a skin test with the planned initial dilution of the immunotherapy solution should be performed to prove that the patient tolerates in vivo administration of this allergenic extract.|
|Limitations:||Studies show no interference from icteric, lipemic or hemolytic samples.|
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