Serum samples are tested for antibody (polyvalent) to F. tularensis by microagglutination. If the acute specimen is negative (i.e. antibodies undetectable) and the clinical history strongly suggests infection, collect a convalescent specimen 3-4 weeks later.

Specimen Requirements:

Type: Serum or EDTA Plasma
Volume: 2.0 ml
Minimum: 1.0 ml
Storage: Refrigerate at 2-8°C
Stability: 2 Weeks Refrigerated or Frozen at -20°C
Shipping: Ambient
CPT Code(s)*: 86668

Turnaround Time: Routinely 24 to 48 Hours From Receipt

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*The CPT codes provided are based on AMA guidance and are for informational purposes only. CPT coding is the sole responsibility of the billing party. Please direct any questions regarding coding to the payer being billed.