Specimen Requirements


Rickettsial Disease Profile

Specimen Requirement

Collect SST/2.0 mL serum, after 30 minutes of clotting, promptly centrifuge and send.


Varies by component


Room temp: 4 days, Refrigerated: 7 days, Frozen: 30 days

Reference Range

The reference range is determined by the performing laboratory and will show on the report.


3-6 days performed Monday-Friday

Clinical Use

Rickettsiae are gram negative coccobacilli and short bacilli for which humans are incidental hosts except for human louse-borne typhus. Infections include Q Fever, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and many types of typhus.

Test includes:
Rickettsia (RMSF) Antibodies (IgG, IgM) with Reflex to Titers
Rickettsia (Typhus Fever) Antibodies (IgG, IgM) with Reflex to Titers
Q Fever (Coxiella burnetii) Antibodies (IgG, IgM), with Reflex to Titers

Test Code