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Anti-Centromere B Antibody (8000100453)
Test Mnemonic:
Specimen Requirements:

Serum separator tube (SST)

Red top serum tube with no additive


Serum separator tube (SST)

Red top serum tube with no additive

Minimum Volume:

1mL of serum


Refrigerate (2-8°C) up to 7 days; Samples should be frozen (<-20°C).

Specimen Preparation:

Within 2 hours of collection, centrifuge. Serum collected in a red top tube should be removed from the red cells if testing will be delayed.


Refrigerate (2-8°C) up to 7 days; Samples should be frozen (<-20°C).

Causes for Rejection:

Improper collection, gross hemolysis.  Specimen container unlabeled or labeled incorrectly. No date and time of collection on requisition form.

Reference Range:

Positive - Antibody detected. 

Negative - No antibody detected


Turnaround Time:

 Test is performed in batch, once per day, six days a week.


Multiplexing bead immunoassay


Clinical Microbiology


Centromere Antibody; ENA Antibodies; Anti-Centromere Antibody

Clinical Indication:

Autoimmune disease screening


Patient Preparation :

Routine venipuncture

CPT 4 Code:



Centromere antibody is present in 80-90% of individuals with CREST variant scleroderma. This antibody is also seen in 30% of Raynaud patients, 12% of patients with mixed connective-tissue disease, diffuse scleroderma, interstitial pulmonary fibrosis, primary biliary cirrhosis, and in a smaller percent of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and RA.   

When ordering tests for which Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement will be sought, physicians should only order tests that are medically necessary for the diagnosis or treatment of the patient. Components of the organ or disease panels may be ordered individually. The diagnostic information must substantiate all tests ordered and must be in the form of an ICD-10 code or its verbal equivalent.
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