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NMDA antibodies

Ordering information:

PLEASE NOTE : This test is not covered by a Medicare Rebate - a $100 fee will be sent to the patient involved.

From now on, when an NMDA or VGKC antibody test is requested, an email must be sent to the laboratory giving the clinical indication for the test and the urgency (ie for immediate transport or can be batched), as well as contact details for the person requesting the test in case further communication is required. If no email is received, the test will not be sent. For requests outside of neurology, it is expected that the patient will have been reviewed by neurology, or at the very least discussed with neurology, to determine the appropriateness of sending the test.  As previously established, NMDA antibody testing will only be done on CSF, unless there is a valid reason why a lumber puncture cannot be performed.


The email should be directed to:



This test is not currently available to be ordered in EHCare (Cerner) please order with a paper request.

Alternate names:
Anti-NMDA, n-methyl-d aspartate receptor, NMDA receptor, NMDA-R, NMDAR
Referred Test
Test Code:
Specimen types:
Cerebrospinal Fluid
Container types:
Minimum Adult Volume:
0.5 mL

CSF min Volume: 0.5 mL

Result Turnaround Time:
4-6 weeks
Laboratory Use Only
Storage Instructions:

Aliqot and freeze sample upon reciept ready for transport

Transport Instructions:

Due to the batching process for transport, the sample is frozen otherwise 4C would be appropriate.

External Laboratory:
Pathology, Royal Brisbane & Womens Hospital
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