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ID:530 Avian Antibodies
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DescriptionThis test is to detect antibodies to pigeon or budgie serum using a commercial automated Fluorescent Immuno Enzyme Assay (FEIA performed on the ImmunoCAP 250 analyser).
IndicationThis test is appropriate for the diagnosis of Bird Fanciers Lung or other forms of hypersensivity pneumonitis (HP) caused by inhalation of bird antigens.
Additional InfoThis test uses the Phadia ImmunoCAP system and detects IgG antibodies to pigeon serum or budgie serum, depending on the exposure indicated on the request form. Where there is exposure to other birds there is good evidence that patients with HP caused by inhalation of other bird antigens including parrots, finches, cockatiels and canaries produce cross reacting antibodies to the pigeon serum reagents.
Concurrent Testsna
Dietary Requirementsna

InterpretationResults are returned as mg per litre (mg/L) and range from <2.0 to >200. Levels of antibody 10mg/L or above for pigeon serum or 8.0mg/L or above for budgie serum are considered significant and suggest that the aetiology of the patients HP is inhalation of bird antigens.

Ref. Range (Male)<2-0.99
Ref. Range (Female)<2-0.99
Ref. Range (Paed)<2-0.99
Ref. Range NotesNote the reference range for Budgie antibodies is <2-0.79 mg/L

IP Acute TAT10 days
IP Routine TAT10 days
GP Acute TAT10 days
GP Routine TAT10 days
Turnround Comment95% turnaround times This test is normally performed 3 times a week. Results may be available considerably earlier than stated turnaround time.
Originally edited by : Richard Barton. Last edited on 07/09/2019 09:15:47. Published By Kasia Okurowska on 07/09/2018 09:15:47.