Test Catalog

Test Id : RCVBS

Recoverin-IgG Antibody, Immunoblot, Serum

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

Evaluating patients with suspected paraneoplastic retinopathy accompanying small cell carcinoma

Method Name
A short description of the method used to perform the test

Immunoblot (IB)

NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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Recoverin Immunoblot, S

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Carcinoma-associated retinopathy

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Specimen Required
Defines the optimal specimen required to perform the test and the preferred volume to complete testing


Preferred: Red top

Acceptable: Serum gel

Specimen Volume: 1 mL


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Neurology Specialty Testing Client Test Request (T732) with the specimen.

Specimen Minimum Volume
Defines the amount of sample necessary to provide a clinically relevant result as determined by the Testing Laboratory

See Specimen Required

Reject Due To
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Gross hemolysis Reject
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus Reject

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 28 days
Frozen 28 days
Ambient 72 hours

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

Evaluating patients with suspected paraneoplastic retinopathy accompanying small cell carcinoma

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

Patients with recoverin autoimmunity present with insidious onset vision change, often night-vision loss, floaters, and constricted vision, that can rapidly progress to blindness. On ophthalmologic examination, there are features of non-inflammatory retinopathy; retinal and optic nerve head pallor/atrophy, constricted visual fields and flat electroretinogram (ERG), but without anterior chamber disease, which is encountered with CRMP-5 paraneoplastic ophthalmitis. Small cell (pulmonary or extrapulmonary) or neuroendocrine carcinoma should be sought. Trials of immunotherapy could be attempted to improve vision, though generally this is not successful.

Reference Values
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Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

Seropositivity is consistent with a diagnosis of paraneoplastic retinopathy. Small cell carcinoma (pulmonary or extrapulmonary) and neuroendocrine carcinoma should be considered.

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

A negative result does not exclude paraneoplastic retinopathy, other autoimmune retinopathy, or cancer.

Supportive Data

At Mayo Clinic,(1) recoverin-IgG antibody was detected in no controls and 2/33 suspected autoimmune/paraneoplastic retinopathy patients (6%); both were men with painless vision loss, detected 2 to 4 months before cancer detection. Patient 1, an 85 year-old smoker, progressed to light perception only bilaterally within 1 month. Small cell lung carcinoma was detected. Patient 2, a 66 year old non-smoker, had insidious progression of vision loss, ataxia, and myelopathy (and also harbored P/Q- and N-type calcium channel antibodies). Metastatic neuroendocrine carcinoma was detected. Both patients had bilateral optic nerve and retinal atrophy (non-inflammatory appearing) and flat electroretinograms. Neither patient had vision improvements despite cancer treatment and immunotherapy; both died from cancer within 2 years of diagnosis. During clinical evaluation, 25/33 retinopathy patients (including patients 1 and 2) were tested for recoverin antibody in an outside laboratory, and were reported negative in all but patient 1.

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

1. McKeon A, Lopez A, Lachance D, et al: Recoverin antibody: Ophthalmologic and oncologic significance. Neurology. 2016;86:(16 Supplement)

Method Description
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Euroline (line-blot from Euroimmun, AG). All steps are performed at ambient temperature (18-28 degrees C) utilizing the EUROBlot One instrument. Diluted patient serum (1:12.5) is added to test strips (strips containing recombinant antigen manufactured and purified using biochemical methods) in individual channels and incubated for 30 minutes. Positive serum samples will bind to the purified recombinant antigen and negative serum samples will not bind. Strips are washed to remove unbound serum antibodies and then incubated with anti-human IgG antibodies (alkaline phosphatase-labelled) and incubated for 30 minutes. The strips are again washed to remove unbound anti-human IgG antibodies and nitroblue tetrazolium chloride/5-bromo-4-chloro-3-indolylphosphate (NBT/BCIP) substrate is added. Alkaline phosphatase enzyme converts the soluble substrate into a colored insoluble product on the membrane to produces a black band. Strips are digitized via picture capture on the EUROBlot One instrument and evaluated with the EUROLineScan software.(Instruction manual: EUROLINE Neuronal Antigens Profile 72 (IgG). EUROIMMUN Medizinische Labordiagnostika AG)

PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Monday through Friday

Report Available
The interval of time (receipt of sample at Mayo Clinic Laboratories to results available) taking into account standard setup days and weekends. The first day is the time that it typically takes for a result to be available. The last day is the time it might take, accounting for any necessary repeated testing.

4 to 6 days

Specimen Retention Time
Outlines the length of time after testing that a specimen is kept in the laboratory before it is discarded

28 days

Performing Laboratory Location
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Test Classification
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This test was developed, and its performance characteristics determined by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements. This test has not been cleared or approved by the US Food and Drug Administration.

CPT Code Information
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CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.


LOINC® Information
Provides guidance in determining the Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) values for the order and results codes of this test. LOINC values are provided by the performing laboratory.

Test Id Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
RCVBS Recoverin Immunoblot, S 83003-4
Result Id Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
Applies only to results expressed in units of measure originally reported by the performing laboratory. These values do not apply to results that are converted to other units of measure.
610009 Recoverin Immunoblot, S 83003-4

Test Setup Resources

Setup Files
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Excel | Pdf

Sample Reports
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Normal Reports | Abnormal Reports

SI Sample Reports
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SI Normal Reports | SI Abnormal Reports