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Test ID: BRUTA Brucella Total Antibody Confirmation, Agglutination, Serum

Reporting Name

Brucella Ab, Agglutination, S

Useful For

Evaluating patients with suspected brucellosis

Clinical Information

Brucella species are facultative intracellular, gram-negative staining bacilli capable of producing the disease "brucellosis" in humans. Human disease likely is acquired by contact with animals infected with the organism (Brucella abortus, Brucella suis, Brucella melitensis, and occasionally Brucella canis) either by direct contact or by ingestion of meat or milk. The signs and symptoms associated with brucellosis may include fever, night sweats, chills, weakness, malaise, headache, and anorexia. The physical examination may reveal lymphadenopathy and hepatosplenomegaly. A definitive diagnosis of brucellosis is made by recovering the organism from bone marrow, blood, fluid (including urine), or tissue specimens.


In cases of suspected brucellosis, serology may assist in the diagnosis and play a supplementary role to routine culture. Antibodies to Brucella species may not become detectable until 1 to 2 weeks following the onset of symptoms, so serum specimens drawn during acute disease may be negative by serology in patients with brucellosis. If serology is performed, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention currently recommends that specimens testing positive or equivocal for IgG or IgM by a screening enzyme immunoassay (EIA) be confirmed by a Brucella-specific agglutination method.(1)


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that specimens testing positive or equivocal for IgG or IgM by a screening enzyme immunoassay (EIA) be confirmed by a Brucella-specific agglutination method.(1)


Negative to a titer of 1:40 or higher can be seen in the normal, healthy population. A titer of 1:80 or greater is often considered clinically significant(2); however, a 4-fold or greater increase in titer between acute and convalescent phase sera is required to diagnose acute infection.


The CDC/Council of State and Territorial Epidemiologists case definition for human brucellosis states that the laboratory criteria for diagnosis includes 1) isolation of Brucella species from a clinical specimen, 2) four-fold or greater rise in Brucella agglutination titer between acute- and convalescent-phase serum specimens drawn more than 2 weeks apart and studied at the same laboratory, or 3) demonstration by immunofluorescence of Brucella species in a clinical specimen.


Positive results by a screening EIA that are not confirmed by Brucella-specific agglutination may represent false-positive screening results. If clinically indicated, a new specimen should be tested after 7 to 14 days.

Report Available

2 to 7 days

Day(s) Performed

Monday, Wednesday

Clinical Reference

1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Public health consequences of a false-positive laboratory test result for Brucella-Florida, Georgia, and Michigan, 2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2008 June 6;57(22):603-605

2. Welch RJ, Litwin CM: A comparison of Brucella IgG and IgM ELISA assays with agglutination methodology. J Clin Lab Anal. 2010;24:160-162

3. Gunes H, Dogan M: False-positivity in diagnosis of brucellosis associated with Rev-1 vaccine. Libyan J Med. 2013:8:20417

Method Name


Specimen Type


Specimen Required


Preferred: Serum gel

Acceptable: Red top

Specimen Volume: 0.5 mL

Specimen Minimum Volume

0.25 mL

Specimen Stability Information

Specimen Type Temperature Time Special Container
Serum Refrigerated (preferred) 14 days
  Frozen  14 days

Reference Values


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


LOINC Code Information

Test ID Test Order Name Order LOINC Value
BRUTA Brucella Ab, Agglutination, S 19053-8


Result ID Test Result Name Result LOINC Value
8112 Brucella Ab, Agglutination, S 19053-8


If not ordering electronically, complete, print, and send a Microbiology Test Request (T244) with the specimen.

Mayo Clinic Laboratories | Neurology Catalog Additional Information:

mml-CNS-Infections, mml-Pediatric