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SM and SM/RNP Antibodies [7448X]

Test Code

4272

CPT Code(s)

86235 (x2)

Includes

Assay includes antibodies to Smith antigen (Sm), an acidic  nuclear protein, and to ribonucleoprotein (Sm/RNP).

Preferred Specimen(s)

1 mL serum collected in a serum seprator tube

Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Alternative Specimen(s)

1 mL serum collected in a red-top tube (no gel)

Collection Instructions

A fasting sample is required.

Specimen Container

Plastic screw-cap vial

Transport Temperature

Refrigerated (cold packs)

Specimen Stability

Room temperature: 4 days
Refrigerated: 7 days
Frozen: 30 days

Methodology

Immunoassay (IA)

Performing Laboratory

Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute
14225 Newbrook Drive
Chantilly, VA 20153

Setup Schedule

Set up: Mon-Sat a.m.; Report available: Next day

Reference Range(s)

Sm Antibody  <1.0 AI Negative
Sm/RNP Antibody  <1.0 AI Negative 

Clinical Significance

Antibodies to Sm are highly specific for systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and when present are considered a marker antibody. However, these antibodies are found in only 20% of patients with SLE. RNP antibodies (also known as anti-u1 or ribonucleoprotein antibodies) are found in 45% of SLE patients but are also observed in numerous other disease states such as Sjögren's syndrome, scleroderma and polymyositis. Elevated levels of antibodies to RNP are seen in mixed connective tissue disease. In SLE, RNP antibodies have been associated with a relatively benign disease course with lower incidence of renal and central nervous system involvement. Patients may be considered positive for RNP antibodies when the RNP antibody result is significantly higher than the Sm antibody result.

LOINC®' Code(s)

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NOTE: The codes listed in the table below are not orderable Test Codes.

Result
Code
Result NameLOINC CodeComponent Name
132812Sm/RNP Antibody14030-1Smith extractable nuclear Ab+Ribonucleoprotein extractable nuclear Ab
132822Sm Antibody43182-5Smith extractable nuclear Ab

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