Skip Navigation LinksCore Service > Lab Test Directory > Immunology > Details

Core Services Test Directory

Go to all departments

Allergen Specific IgE


Allergen Specific IgE
Click here to magnify the image.

Reference Range:

Negative = <0.35 kUA/L

Allergen Specific Grade Interpretation

KUA/L Grade Interpretation
0.00 – 0.34 0 Negative
0.35 – 0.70 1 Weak Positive
0.71 – 3.50 2 Positive
3.51 – 17.50 3 Positve
17.51 – 50.0 4 Strong Positive
50.1 - 100 5 Strong Positive
>100 6 Strong Positive

Turnaround Time:

5 to 14 working days depending on allergen request


Allergens not routinely held in stock are referred to the Immunology Laboratory,Spire Pathology Services, Edinburgh

Internal Test Code:- SIGE


Indication: Allergic conditions.

Background: Used to detect IgE to particular allergen(s), when skin prick testing is difficult to perform, unreliable, or contra-indicated, e.g. in very young children, patients with severe eczema or dermographism, patients taking antihistamines and patients where there is a significant risk of anaphylaxis. When total IgE levels are low, specific IgE is likely to be negative, however a strongly positive specific IgE may occur with a normal total IgE. The clinical history is more reliable than the specific IgE result in determining whether symptoms are due to a particular allergen or not. Testing for IgE to very many allergens without clear evidence of clinical significance should be avoided. If specific IgE result for an allergen mix is positive further tests for individual allergens may be performed.

Method: Fluoresence Enzyme Immunoassay (FEIA)

Repeat Frequency: As clinically indicated



Vessels and Containers:

Serum gold-top

Sample Requirements:

300µl for the first allergen then 40µl for each subsequent allergen requested. Ensure sufficient sample to allow reflex testing if requesting allergen mixes.
Please provide 2 x 4ml serum samples if multiple specific IgE tests are requested


High total IgE increases the incidence of low level false positive specific IgE results.

How result is reported:

Numeric in kUA/L with grade interpretation

Important Information:

If allergen mixes are requested and positive, please note that turnaround time may be extended due to reflex testing.

Entry Last Modified 08/07/2019


RAST, Specific IgE, sIgE, Allergy Tests

Transportation and Handling:

At room temperature

Special Precautions:


Time limits for requesting additional examinations:

Sample available in this laboratory for approximately 2 weeks. Test can only be added to samples already received by Immunology.