Specimens of serum should be shipped according to IATA, ICAO and Canadian transportation goods regulation to the address provided below. Samples do not need to be frozen. Please courier your samples together with a completely filled out requisition. When applicable, the clinical information should be filled out by the referring physician (whom we will call or write to in case of discrepant results). For further enquiries or information, kindly contact us.

Ship samples to:

BC Neuroimmunology Laboratory
Room S-157, 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6T 2B5

Laboratory Requisition

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*Download the requisition onto a computer and open with Adobe Acrobat/Reader for a writeable PDF

Acetylcholine Receptor Antibody Assay

Specimen type: Serum
Minimum volume: 2ml
Preferred volume: 5ml
Other rejection criteria: grossly hemolyzed, grossly lipemic, and/or grossly icteric serum
Turnaround time: 2 days to 2.5 weeks from receipt of sample

Serum samples should be collected in SST tubes, clotted for a minimum of 30 minutes, centrifuged at 4°C, transferred to cryovials, and stored at 4°C prior to shipping.

The test is run on a weekly basis. It can also be run on an emergency basis with a turn-around time of one working day once the sample is received. Please contact us to request this. When urgent samples are couriered, kindly notify us of their impending arrival.

Muscle-specific Tyrosine Kinase Antibody

Specimen type: Serum
Minimum volume: 2ml
Preferred volume: 5ml
Other rejection criteria: grossly hemolyzed, grossly lipemic, and/or grossly icteric serum
Turnaround time: 2-4 weeks from receipt of sample

Serum samples should be collected in SST tubes, clotted for a minimum of 30 minutes, centrifuged at 4°C, transferred to cryovials, and stored at 4°C prior to shipping.

If this test is to be billed through provincial health services, it must be requested by a neurologist, ophthalmologist, or a neuro-ophthalmologist as per MSC guidelines. Patients must have been found to be AchR Ab negative within the last 18 months with our lab or with another lab, in which case, a copy of the results from the other lab must be attached or stated on the requisition by the ordering physician.

Neutralizing Antibodies to Interferon-Beta

Specimen type: Serum
Minimum Volume: 2mL
Preferred Volume: 5mL
Other rejection criteria: grossly hemolyzed, grossly lipemic, and/or grossly icteric serum
Turnaround time: 1-6 weeks from receipt of sample

Serum samples should be collected in SST tubes, clotted, centrifuged and transferred to cryovials.

The patient’s current interferon-beta treatment is required to be filled out by the referring physician (whom we will call or write in case of discrepant results) for the test to be done.

The test is run monthly or more frequently, if the number of samples we receive warrants it.

Voltage-gated Calcium Channel Antibody

Specimen type: Serum
Minimum volume: 1ml
Preferred volume:5ml
Other rejection criteria: grossly hemolyzed and/or grossly lipemic serum
Turnaround time: 1-6 weeks from receipt of sample

Serum samples should be collected in SST tubes, clotted for a minimum of 30 minutes, centrifuged at 4°C, transferred to cryovials, and stored at 4°C prior to shipping.

If this test is to be billed through provincial health services, it must be requested by a neurologist as per MSC guidelines.

This test is performed monthly, or more frequently if the number of samples we receive warrants it.

Privacy Policy Regarding Samples

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