Cold Agglutinin Titer Blood Test

Hemagglutinin


Test Code: 006353
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Cold Agglutinin Titer Blood Test

This test measures the level of Cold Agglutinin Autoantibodies in the blood.  Cold Agglutinins are a type of autoantibody which mistakenly target and destroy a person's red blood cells, causing them to clump together.  Cold Agglutinins are activated when the body is exposed to cold temperatures.  These autoantibodies are normally found in most people at low numbers.  In people with Cold Agglutinin Disease, an excess of Cold Agglutinins can lead to the destruction of too many RBC's resulting in Hemolytic Anemia.  Symptoms of Cold Agglutinin Disease can include fatigue, weakness, pale skin, dizziness, headache. and blue coloring in the extremities.  These symptoms usually occur during cold weather.  The production of excess cold agglutinins is often linked to other conditions such as Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, infectious mononucleosis, some cancers, bacterial infections, parasitic infections, viral infections such as HIV and influenza.

A Cold Agglutinin test is typically ordered as a follow up to a CBC which shows low numbers of RBC's and Hemoglobin, especially when these results seem linked to cold weather.

Turnaround for this test is typically 4-6 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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Cold Agglutinin Titer Blood Test

Hemagglutinin


Test Code: 349
Specimen Type: Blood

Description:

Cold Agglutinin Titer Blood Test

This test measures the level of Cold Agglutinin Autoantibodies in the blood.  Cold Agglutinins are a type of autoantibody which mistakenly target and destroy a person's red blood cells, causing them to clump together.  Cold Agglutinins are activated when the body is exposed to cold temperatures.  These autoantibodies are normally found in most people at low numbers.  In people with Cold Agglutinin Disease, an excess of Cold Agglutinins can lead to the destruction of too many RBC's resulting in Hemolytic Anemia.  Symptoms of Cold Agglutinin Disease can include fatigue, weakness, pale skin, dizziness, headache. and blue coloring in the extremities.  These symptoms usually occur during cold weather.  The production of excess cold agglutinins is often linked to other conditions such as Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, infectious mononucleosis, some cancers, bacterial infections, parasitic infections, viral infections such as HIV and influenza.

A Cold Agglutinin test is typically ordered as a follow up to a CBC which shows low numbers of RBC's and Hemoglobin, especially when these results seem linked to cold weather.

Turnaround for this test is typically 4-6 business days.

Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Our reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

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