Pathology Handbook

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Bartonella serology

Clinical Indications


Part of Profile

Detection of IgG and/or IgM antibodies to Bartonella sp. as appropriate according to the clinical information received

Request Form

ICE request


On request during routine working hours; reference laboratory test (Colindale)

Specific Criteria

Please give detailed clinical information including date of onset/contact with the suspected infection and any current, or intended, antibiotic therapy

Turnaround Time

7-10 days


Serum, red or gold top (SST) tube


7 ml


 Vacutainer red top


Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample 
Insufficient clinical information given

Reference Range


Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4ºC; send to the Reference Laboratory as soon as possible. Second aliquot to be stored at - 400C for 3 months from receipt of sample