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Skin antibodies

General information

Two types of skin autoantibodies that detect different skin components are recognised:

  • Intercellular cement substance (Pemphigus antibodies)
  • Basement membrane antibodies (Pemphigoid antibodies)

Specimen transport: At room temperature

Repeat frequency: Depending on changes in clinical picture

Special precautions: None

Laboratory information

Normal reference range: Neg

Volume and sample type: 7ml clotted blood

Method: Immunofluorescence

Turnaround time (calendar days from sample receipt to authorised result): Median - 3, 95th percentile - 8

Clinical information

Indications for the test: Bullous skin disorders, dermatitis herpetiformis

Factors affecting the test: None


Clinical workstation reference: SKIN


(Last updated October 7th 2014)