Pathology Handbook

Psittacosis

Test Includes

Detection of antibodies to respiratory Chlamydia

Part of Profile

Included in serological respiratory infection screen

Clinical Indications

None

Request Form 

Request via ICE

Availability

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

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 
Leaking sample
Insufficient clinical information given

Lab Handling

Aliquot and store at 4°C; send to the Reference Laboratory (Addenbrookes) as soon as possible. Second aliquot stored at -40°C for 3 months from date of receipt.