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Test ID: ALUPI    
Lupus Anticoagulant Profile Technical Interpretation

Useful For Suggests clinical disorders or settings where the test may be helpful

Confirming or excluding the presence of lupus anticoagulant (LAC)

 

Distinguishing LAC from specific coagulation factor inhibitors and nonspecific inhibitors

 

Investigating a prolonged activated thromboplastin time, especially when combined with other coagulation studies

 

This test is not useful for the detection of antiphospholipid antibodies that do not affect coagulation tests. We recommend separate testing for serum phospholipid (cardiolipin) antibodies.

Testing Algorithm Delineates situations when tests are added to the initial order. This includes reflex and additional tests.

If the prothrombin time, activated partial thromboplastin time, and dilute Russell viper venom time are normal, a computer-generated interpretive comment indicating no evidence of a lupus anticoagulant will be provided.

 

If any test results in the profile are abnormal, all results will be reviewed by a coagulation consultant and a Lupus Anticoagulant Profile Interpretation (ALUPO) will be provided.

Clinical Information Discusses physiology, pathophysiology, and general clinical aspects, as they relate to a laboratory test

Lupus anticoagulant (LAC) is an antibody to negatively charged phospholipid that interferes with phospholipid-dependent coagulation tests.

 

LAC is found in, but not limited to, patients with systemic lupus erythematosus; LAC is associated with other autoimmune disorders and collagen vascular disease, occurs in response to medications or certain infections (eg, respiratory tract infections in children), and in individuals with no obvious underlying disease.

 

LAC has been associated with arterial and venous thrombosis and fetal loss. Individuals with thrombocytopenia or factor II deficiency associated with LAC may be at risk for bleeding.

Reference Values Describes reference intervals and additional information for interpretation of test results. May include intervals based on age and sex when appropriate. Intervals are Mayo-derived, unless otherwise designated. If an interpretive report is provided, the reference value field will state this.

Only orderable as part of a profile. For more information see ALUPP / Lupus Anticoagulant Profile, Plasma.

 

An interpretive report will be provided.

Interpretation Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Cautions Discusses conditions that may cause diagnostic confusion, including improper specimen collection and handling, inappropriate test selection, and interfering substances

Patient should not be receiving warfarin or heparin. If the patient is currently on warfarin or heparin, this should be noted, treatment with heparin causes false-positive results of in vitro coagulation testing for lupus anticoagulant. Coumadin treatment may impair ability to detect the more subtle varieties of lupus-like anticoagulants.

Clinical Reference Recommendations for in-depth reading of a clinical nature

1. Arnout J, Vermylen J: Current status and implications of autoimmune antiphospholipid antibodies in relation to thrombotic disease. J Thromb Haemost 2003 May;1(5):931-942

2. Levin JS, Branch DW, Rauch J: The antiphospholipid syndrome. New Engl J Med 2002 March 7;346(10):752-763

3. Proven A, Bartlett RP, Moder KG, et al: Clinical importance of positive tests for lupus anticoagulant and anticardiolipin antibodies. Mayo Clin Proc 2004 Apr;79(4):467-475