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Pancreatic Islet Cell Antibodies

Also known as: ICA; PICA

Pancreatic Islet cell antibodies (ICA) are present in 90% of patients with insulin dependent diabetes mellitus (IDDM) at presentation. ICA can also be used in family studies for IDDM prediction.

Specimen requirements

Serum 1ml


Price on application

Laboratory turnaround time

14 days

Laboratory method

Indirect Immunofluorescence

Reference range/units

Negative or Positive. Positives are reported in the context of JDF Units 5-80.

Associated tests

Not applicable

Sample stability

6 weeks at 2-8ÂșC

Shipping and storage

UK and Ireland

Ambient temperature and first class post. Hays DX users please enquire via email below.


Ambient temperature if courier will deliver within 72 hours otherwise consider refrigerated transport. Freezing is not a requirement.

Ensure delivery Monday to Friday 09:00 - 17:30.

Further information and contact details

For further information, email

Last reviewed:09 October 2023