Laboratory Services

Stinging Insects Allergen Profile, Serum

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Updated Test Information:

Test Description
Stinging Insects Allergen Profile, Serum
Synonym(s)

Honeybee Venom, Wasp Venom, White Faced Hornet Venom, Yellow Faced Hornet Venom, Yellow Jacket Venom

Test ID
INSEC
General Information

Establishing a diagnosis of an allergy to honeybee, yellow jacket, wasp, yellow faced hornet, and white faced hornet venoms


Defining the allergen responsible for eliciting signs and symptoms


Identifying allergens:
-Responsible for allergic disease and/or anaphylactic episode
-To confirm sensitization prior to beginning immunotherapy
-To investigate the specificity of allergic reactions to insect venom allergens, drugs, or chemical allergens

Specimen Type

Serum

Specimen Requirements

Preferred: Red top
Acceptable: Serum gel
Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Stability

Room Temperature: Unacceptable
Refrigerated (preferred): 14 days
Frozen: 90 days

Methodology

Fluorescence Enzyme Immunoassay (FEIA)

Estimated TAT

1-3 days

Testing Schedule

Monday - Saturday

Test Includes

Includes testing for honeybee, yellow jacket, wasp, yellow faced hornet, and white faced hornet venoms.

CPT Code(s)

86003 x 5

Additional Information
Minimum Sample Volume

For 1 allergen: 0.3 mL
For more than 1 allergen: (0.05 mL x number of allergens) + 0.25 mL deadspace

Reference Range

Detection of IgE antibodies in serum (Class 1 or greater) indicates an increased likelihood of allergic disease as opposed to other etiologies and defines the allergens responsible for eliciting signs and symptoms.

The level of IgE antibodies in serum varies directly with the concentration of IgE antibodies expressed as a class score or kU/L.

Performing Lab

Mayo Clinic

LOINC Code(s)

94593-1