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- ANA (ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES) WITH REFLEX TEST
ANA (ANTINUCLEAR ANTIBODIES) WITH REFLEX TEST
WHAT IS AN ANA WITH REFLEX LAB TEST?
The ANA (AntiNuclear Antibodies) with Reflex blood test measures the levels of specific antibodies in the blood including ANA, dsDNA, SLE and Sjögren.
WHAT IS THE PRICE FOR AN ANA WITH REFLEX LAB TEST?
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When someone develops an autoimmune disorder their body produces antibodies to healthy organs and attacks them as if they were a disease. The antibodies that are produced to fight a person’s own cells can be measured in the blood using the ANA or antinuclear antibodies with Reflex Test. The underlying cause of autoimmune disease isn’t fully understood. This blood test looks for multiple antibodies each of which may indicate a specific type of autoimmune disorder including:
- Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) (possibly drug induced)
- Sjögren syndrome
- Raynaud’s disease
- Rheumatoid arthritis or other autoimmune diseases
WHY DO I NEED AN ANA WITH REFLEX LAB TEST?
Are you experiencing a low grade fever, joint pain, fatigue or unexplained rashes that may change over time?
An ANA test is helpful if an autoimmune disease is suspected or there is a possibility that a person has systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). If the test results indicate the presence of antibodies but there are no symptoms, it may be a false positive or the symptoms have not yet had time to develop. Your doctor, in conjunction with the ANA test results, should monitor you over time to determine whether symptoms appear, a true autoimmune disorder develops and treatment is required.
The symptoms can be varied but may include fever, fatigue, unexplained rashes and/or joint pain, especially in the fingers, hands, wrists and knees with SLE. Symptoms may vary over time and are divided into two general categories: those that damage many organs (systemic autoimmune disease) and those where only a specific organ is damaged by the autoimmune process. Over time the differences blur as localized damage spreads to other organs and tissues. Although there is no cure, there are many methods of controlling autoimmune diseases ranging from changes in diet, supplements or immunosuppressive medications. Most of these diseases are chronic and long lasting but can be managed. Flare ups or severe symptoms come and go and are often responsive to treatment and medications.
HIGH RESULTS INDICATE:
A positive, or high result, indicates an autoimmune disorder.
LOW RESULTS INDICATE:
There are no low results, however, if you continue to experience symptoms a retest may be recommended a few weeks after the initial test.
WHAT TYPE OF PHYSICIAN SHOULD I SEE?
If your lab test results are out of the normal range, you should consult with your primary care physician.