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Test Id : PSPT

Phosphatidylserine/Prothrombin Antibody, IgG and IgM, Serum

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Profile Information
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Test Id Reporting Name Available Separately Always Performed
PSPTG PS/PT Ab, IgG, S Yes Yes
PSPTM PS/PT Ab, IgM, S Yes Yes

Method Name
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NY State Available
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Reporting Name
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PS/PT Ab, IgG/IgM, S

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Second-tier phospholipid

Specimen Type
Describes the specimen type validated for testing


Ordering Guidance

Cardiolipin and beta-2 glycoprotein testing are the first-tier test options for most patients. Phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies are considered part of the second-tier workup.

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

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Collection Instructions: Centrifuge and aliquot serum into a plastic vial.

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

0.4 mL

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

Specimen Stability Information
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Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 21 days
Frozen 21 days

Useful For
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Clinical Information
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According to the 2006 revised Sapporo classification criteria, a diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) is based on the presence of specific pregnancy-related morbidities, arterial or venous thrombosis in association with persistent lupus anticoagulant (LA), anticardiolipin IgG/IgM or anti-beta 2-glycoprotein I IgG/IgM antibodies.(1) Cardiolipin is an anionic phospholipid that interacts with the protein cofactor beta 2-glycoprotein I. LA is an indirect assessment for the presence of antiphospholipid antibodies, which is evident in the in vitro prolongation of phospholipid-dependent coagulation.(2) Anticardiolipin and anti-beta 2-glycoprotein I antibodies are detected in solid-phases immunoassays using beta 2-glycoprotein I-dependent cardiolipin/or beta 2-glycoprotein I alone as substrate, respectively.(2,3)


There is evidence from multiple studies to suggest that patients with APS may develop autoantibodies to other phospholipid/protein complexes, specifically phosphatidylserine/prothrombin (PS/PT).(4-9) Like beta 2-glycoprotein-dependent I cardiolipin, PS/PT is a complex composed of the anionic phospholipid phosphatidylserine and the protein cofactor prothrombin. In a systematic review, Sciascia et al demonstrated that the presence of anti-PS/PT IgG antibodies is an independent risk factor for arterial and/or venous thrombotic events, with odds ratio (OR) of 5.11 (95% CI: 4.2-6.3).(4) A multicenter study showed that IgG anti-PS/PT were more prevalent in APS patients (51%) than in those without (9%), OR 10.8, 95% CI (4.0-29.3), p <0.0001.(5) Furthermore, a number of studies have shown clinical and laboratory evidence that PS/PT antibodies may be a useful second-line test for the evaluation of patients at-risk or suspected with suspected APS, particularly for those individuals with evidence of thrombosis or abnormal LAC testing.(6,7) While anti-PS/PT antibodies were highly prevalent and correlated with other anti-PL antibodies, IgG anti-PS/PT conferred a high risk for thrombosis (8,9) but not for pure hematologic involvement.(9) These antibodies may also be seen in patients with other autoimmune diseases such as systemic lupus erythematosus.(5,8) In individuals who test positive for antiphospholipid antibodies without clinical features of APS (carriers), the cumulative incidence rate of thrombotic events has also been reported to be significantly higher for anti-PS/PT IgG positive than anti-PS/PT IgM positive subjects.(10)

Reference Values
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Negative < or =30.0 U

Borderline 30.1-40.0 U

Positive > or =40.1 U

Provides information to assist in interpretation of the test results

A positive and persistent result for anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin complex IgG and/or IgM antibodies may be suggestive of a diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) in patients with evidence of arterial, venous, or specific pregnancy-related morbidities. These antibodies may also exist prior to the occurrence APS clinical manifestations as well as in patients with other systemic autoimmune diseases such systemic lupus erythematosus.


Anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin complex IgG antibodies have relatively higher correlations with positive results for lupus anticoagulant than the IgM isotype as well as significant risk for APS-associated thrombotic events compared to the IgM isotype in antiphospholipid antibody carriers.


A negative result does not exclude the diagnosis of APS, as other phospholipid/protein antibodies are also associated with this disorder.

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

A diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) should not be based only on the presence of anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies. Results must be interpreted in the appropriate clinical context.


Anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin complex IgM antibodies have a lower risk for APS-associated thrombotic events compared to the IgG isotype in carriers.


A negative result for anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin IgG and IgM antibodies does not exclude the diagnosis of APS.


Anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin IgG and IgM antibodies are not yet included in the classification criteria for APS.

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

1. Miyakis S, Lockshin MD, Atsumi T, et al: International consensus statement on an update of the classification criteria for definite antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). J Thromb Haemost. 2006 Feb;4(2):295-306. doi: 10.1111/j.1538-7836.2006.01753.x

2. Pengo V, Bison E, Denas G, Jose SP, Zoppellaro G, Banzato A: Laboratory diagnostics of antiphospholipid syndrome. Semin Thromb Hemost. 2018 Jul;44(5):439-444. doi: 10.1055/s-0037-1601331

3. Tebo AE: Laboratory evaluation of antiphospholipid syndrome: An update on autoantibody testing. Clin Lab Med. 2019 Dec;39(4):553-565. doi: 10.1016/j.cll.2019.07.004

4. Sciascia S, Sanna G, Murru V, Roccatello D, Khamashta MA, Bertolaccini ML: Anti-prothrombin (aPT) and anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin (aPS/PT) antibodies and the risk of thrombosis in the antiphospholipid syndrome: A systematic review. Thromb Haemost. 2014 Feb;111(2):354-364. doi: 10.1160/TH13-06-0509

5. Amengual O, Forastiero R, Sugiura-Ogasawara M, et al: Evaluation of phosphatidylserine-dependent antiprothrombin antibody testing for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome: results of an international multicentre study. Lupus. 2017 Mar;26(3):266-276. doi: 10.1177/0961203316660203

6. Heikal NM, Jaskowski TD, Malmberg E, Lakos G, Branch DW, Tebo AE: Laboratory evaluation of anti-phospholipid syndrome: A preliminary prospective study of phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies in an at-risk patient cohort. Clin Exp Immunol. 2015 May;180(2):218-226. doi: 10.1111/cei.12573

7. Nakamura H, Oku K, Amengual O, et al: First-line, non-criterial antiphospholipid antibody testing for the diagnosis of antiphospholipid syndrome in clinical practice: A combination of anti-beta 2 -glycoprotein I domain I and anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin complex antibodies tests. Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken). 2018 Apr;70(4):627-634

8. Radin M, Foddai SG, Cecchi I, et al: Antiphosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies: An update on their association with clinical manifestations of antiphospholipid syndrome. Thromb Haemost. 2020 Apr;120(4):592-598. doi: 10.1055/s-0040-1705115

9. Nunez-Alvarez CA, Hernandez-Molina G, Bermudez-Bermejo P, et al: Prevalence and associations of anti-phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies with clinical phenotypes in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome: aPS/PT antibodies in primary antiphospholipid syndrome. Thromb Res. 2019 Feb;174:141-147. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2018.12.023

10. Tonello M, Mattia E, Favaro M, et al: IgG phosphatidylserine/prothrombin antibodies as a risk factor of thrombosis in antiphospholipid antibody carriers. Thromb Res. 2019 May;177:157-160. doi: 10.1016/j.thromres.2019.03.006

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PDF Report
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Day(s) Performed
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Report Available
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2 to 8 days

Specimen Retention Time
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14 days

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This test has been modified from the manufacturer's instructions. Its performance characteristics were 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.

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CPT codes are provided by the performing laboratory.

86148 x 2

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
PSPT PS/PT Ab, IgG/IgM, S 97026-9
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.
PSPTM PS/PT Ab, IgM, S 85358-0
PSPTG PS/PT Ab, IgG, S 85359-8

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Sample Reports
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SI Sample Reports
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