Gastric Intrinsic Factor Antibodies (GIFab)
The autoimmune destruction of gastric parietal cells (and autoantibody inactivation of intrinsic factor) leads to a lack of intrinsic factor. Since the absorption from the gut of normal dietary amounts of vitamin B12 is dependent on intrinsic factor, the loss of intrinsic factor leads to vitamin B12 deficiency. The loss of ability to absorb vitamin B12 is the most common cause of adult vitamin B12 deficiency.
|01 (SE) - Serum Gel
|A GIFab sample should not be collected from a patient who has received a vitamin B12 injection in the last week as free vitamin B12 can give a false positive result.
Day Case: N/A
Out-Patient: 168 Hours
GP: 168 Hours
|Blood Sciences LGI
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|Samples must be less than 48 hours old when received in the laboratory. Samples from external referral sites must be separated and frozen prior to transport.
Minimum volume 555uL serum
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