Test Code #
CPT Code(s) #
Sm (for SLE)
LE, other Connective Tissue Diseases
Type of Study:
Negative <20 Units
Weak Positive 20-39 Units
Moderate Positive 40-80 Units
Strong Positive >80 Units
Assay performed once per week. Report availability is within one week 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.
Antibodies to Sm occur in approximately 30-40% of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. They are rare in other systemic connective tissue diseases and if present, indicate either overlap of disease or_________________________.