Pathology Handbook

Cat Scratch

Synonyms

Bartonella serology

Clinical Indications

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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

Availability

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

Specimen

Serum, red or gold top (SST) tube

Volume

7 ml

Container

 Vacutainer red top

Collection

Samples should be transported to laboratory immediately

Causes for Rejection

Unlabelled / inadequately labelled sample 
Insufficient clinical information given

Reference Range

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Lab Handling

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