Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Blood Test

Angiotensin Converting Enzyme Blood Test

Quick Overview

This test is used to help diagnose and monitor sarcoidosis.

Test #010116


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Also Known As Serum Angiotensin Converting Enzyme, SACE, ACE
Preparation Stop administration of captopril, enalapril, or lisinopril for 12 hours prior to venipuncture (reduces ACE activity).
Test Results 3-4 Business days. May take longer based on weather, holiday or lab delays.

The Angiotensin Converting Enzyme (ACE) Blood Test is used to monitor sarcoidosis disease. This disease leads to the formation of granulomas in the body, causing inflammation of the organs. The commonly affected organs of sarcoidosis include:

  • lymph nodes
  • lungs
  • spleen
  • liver
  • eyes
  • skin
  • heart

Those diagnosed with sarcoidosis can experience:

  • fatigue
  • swollen lymph nodes
  • joint pain
  • a loss of appetite
  • fever
  • nosebleeds
  • dry mouth
  • night sweats
  • unexplained weight loss

The sarcoidosis related granulomas will increase the amount of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme in the bloodstream.  This test can also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of other medical condition treatments.

Conditions that may result in lower than normal levels of Angiotensin Converting Enzyme:

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease )
  • cystic fibrosis
  • emphysema
  • hypothyroidism

Conditions that can cause higher than normal Angiotensin Conversion Enzyme levels include:

  • cirrhosis
  • histoplasmosis
  • hyperthyroidism
  • HIV
  • Gaucher’s disease
  • diabetes
  • leprosy
  • tuberculosis
  • psoriasis
  • amyloidosis
  • lymphoma

While an ACE level test may help reveal signs of underlying medical conditions, these conditions are rarely diagnosed with only this test. Other tests are usually performed in conjunction with an Angiotensin Converting Enzyme level test before confirming a diagnosis.

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