Lab Test

Teichoic Acid Antibody

Teichoic Acid Antibodies

Test Codes

EPIC: LAB7093, Beaker: XTECH, ARUP: 50775


Send Outs

Specimen Collection Criteria

Collect: One Gold-top SST tube.

Also acceptable: One plain Red-top tube.

Physician Office/Draw Specimen Preparation

Let specimen clot 30-60 minutes then centrifuge to separate serum from cells within 2 hours. Transfer serum to a plastic transport tube and refrigerate.

Preparation for Courier Transport

Transport: 1 mL serum, refrigerated (2-8 °C or 36-46 °F). (Minimum: 0.4 mL)

Rejection Criteria

Specimens not collected and processed as indicated.

In-Lab Processing

Let specimen clot 30-60 minutes then centrifuge to separate serum from cells within 2 hours.


Specimen Stability for Testing:

Room Temperature (20-26°C or 68-78.8°F): 48 hours
Refrigerated (2-8°C or 36-46°F): 2 weeks
Frozen (-20°C/-4°F or below): 1 year

Specimen Storage in Department Prior to Disposal:

Specimen retention time is determined by the policy of the reference laboratory. Contact the Send Outs Laboratory with any questions.


Sent to ARUP Laboratories, Salt Lake City, UT.


Monday, Thursday, Saturday
Results available within 2-6 days.

Reference Range

By report.

Test Methodology

Semi-Quant Immunodiffusion.


Patients with skeletal infections may elicit weak, or no antibody response to staphylococcal ribitol teichoic acid.

Occasional weak titers (Undiluted, 1:2) may be expected in uninfected individuals.

A negative teichoic acid antibody test result does not exclude the diagnosis of deep-seated staphylococcal infection.

Clinical Utility

Teichoic acid antibody test is a semi-quantitative screening test used to detect antibodies to staphylococcal ribitol teichoic acid.

High titers (1:4) are frequently observed in patients with endocarditis and other deep-seated infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus.

Negative or low titers (1:2) are suggestive of an absence of underlying staphylococcal disease.

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