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Test Code LAB10250 C1 Esterase Inhibitor Antigen, Serum

Important Note

Keep on Ice

Reporting Name

C1 Esterase Inhibitor Antigen, S

Useful For

Diagnosis of hereditary angioedema

 

Monitoring levels of C1 esterase inhibitor in response to therapy

Performing Laboratory

Mayo Clinic Laboratories in Rochester

Specimen Type

Serum


Specimen Required


Patient Preparations: Fasting preferred but not required.

Collection Container/Tube:

Preferred: Red top

Acceptable: Serum gel

Submission Container/Tube: Plastic vial

Specimen Volume: 1 mL

Collection Instructions:

1. Immediately after specimen collection, place the tube on wet ice.

2. Centrifuge and aliquot serum into plastic vial.

3. Freeze specimen within 30 minutes.


Specimen Minimum Volume

0.5 mL

Specimen Stability Information

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

Reference Values

19-37 mg/dL

Day(s) Performed

Monday through Friday

Test Classification

This test has been cleared, approved, or is exempt by the US Food and Drug Administration and is used per manufacturer's instructions. Performance characteristics were verified by Mayo Clinic in a manner consistent with CLIA requirements.

CPT Code Information

83883

LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
C1ES C1 Esterase Inhibitor Antigen, S 4477-6

 

Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
C1ES C1 Esterase Inhibitor Antigen, S 4477-6

Clinical Information

C1 esterase inhibitor blocks the activation of C1 (first component of the complement cascade) to its active form. The deficiency of C1 esterase inhibitor results in the inappropriate activation of C1 and the subsequent release of an activation peptide from C2 with kinin-like activity. This kinin-like peptide enhances vascular permeability. C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency results in hereditary or acquired angioedema. This disease is an autosomal dominant inherited condition, in which exhaustion of the abnormally low levels of C1 esterase inhibitor results in C1 activation, breakdown of C2 and C4, and subsequent acute edema of subcutaneous tissue, the gastrointestinal tract, or the upper respiratory tract. The disease responds to attenuated androgens.

 

Because 15% of C1 inhibitor deficiencies have nonfunctional protein, some patients will have abnormal functional results (FC1EQ / C1 Esterase Inhibitor, Functional Assay, Serum) in the presence of normal (or elevated) antigen levels.

Interpretation

Abnormally low results are consistent with a heterozygous C1 esterase inhibitor deficiency and hereditary angioedema.

 

Fifteen percent of hereditary angioedema patients have a normal or elevated level but nonfunctional C1 esterase inhibitor protein. Detection of these patients requires a functional measurement of C1 esterase inhibitor; FC1EQ / C1 Esterase Inhibitor, Functional Assay, Serum.

 

Measurement of C1q antigen levels; C1Q / Complement C1q, Serum, is key to the differential diagnoses of acquired or hereditary angioedema. Those patients with the hereditary form of the disease will have normal levels of C1q, while those with the acquired form of the disease will have low levels.

 

Studies in children show that adult levels of C1 inhibitor are reached by 6 months of age.

Method Description

C1 esterase inhibitor complement antigen (C1ES) is measured by immunonephelometry. Antiserum to C1ES is mixed with patient serum, the light scatter resulting from the antibody interaction with C1ES is measured, and the signal is compared to standard concentrations of C1ES.(Instruction Manual: Siemens Nephelometer II Operations. Siemens, Inc; Version 2.3, 2008; Addendum to the Instruction Manual 2.3, 08/2017)

Report Available

1 to 2 days

Reject Due To

Gross hemolysis OK
Gross lipemia Reject
Gross icterus OK

Method Name

Nephelometry

Secondary ID

8198