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Paraneoplastic Pemphigus Antibody Titer
Type of Study:
Assay performed daily Monday-Friday. Report availability is within 48 hours from the time of specimen receipt
Collect 5-10 ml of blood in a red top or serum separator tube. If possible, separate serum from clot and place into red capped tube provided with Beutner Laboratories collection kits. If separation facilities are not available, the blood can be sent in the tube used for collection.
Stable at ambient temperature during shipment. If sample is stored prior to shipment, it is stable refrigerated (2-8ºC) up to five days and frozen (-20ºC or lower) up to one year.
Paraneoplastic pemphigus, or PNP, is a rare but often fatal autoimmune blistering disease, with five-year mortality rates approaching 40%. PNP is most commonly associated diagnoses are hematologic malignancies and occasionally sarcomas and other solid-organ malignancies. In children, the most commonly associated cancer is Castleman disease. Indirect immunofluorescence using rat bladder epithelium substrate is a sensitive and specific test, and it is positive in about 80% of cases of PNP. Paraneoplastic pemphigus, or PNP, is a rare but often fatal autoimmune blistering disease, with five-year mortality rates approaching 40%.