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ANA Screen, IFA, with Reflex to Titer and Pattern Blood Test, Lupus Panel 2

An ANA test is used to detect an autoimmune reaction by measuring the amount and pattern of antibodies in your blood.


Test Code: 29839

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Methodology: Immunoassay (IA)

Preparation: No special preparation required.

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Description

ANA Screen, IFA, with Reflex to Titer and Pattern/Lupus Panel 2

Order an ANA test to detect antinuclear antibodies (ANA) in your blood. While your immune system normally makes antibodies to fight against infection in the body, ANAs often attack the body’s normal tissues. This can point to an autoimmune disorder, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. An ANA test is used to detect an autoimmune reaction by measuring the amount and pattern of antibodies in your blood.

An ANA test can’t confirm a specific diagnosis, but it can help your healthcare provider rule out some conditions. An ANA test can also help your healthcare provider understand whether you need additional testing necessary for diagnosis.

What are the symptoms of autoimmune disorders?

Many autoimmune diseases have similar signs and symptoms, including fatigue, joint pain, achy muscles, swelling and redness of joints, low-grade fever, numbness and tingling in hands and feet, and skin rashes.

Who should get tested?

This test may be helpful if you:

  • Have spoken with your healthcare provider and have decided screening is right for you
  • Have signs or symptoms of a possible autoimmune disorder, and you and your healthcare provider have discussed screening

What will my test results tell me?

Your ANA test results may help your healthcare provider diagnose or rule out an autoimmune disorder. Be sure to share your results with your healthcare provider so they can help you determine the next steps in your care.

Are there any risks involved in getting this test?

There is no risk involved in getting this test. You will be asked to give a blood sample at the lab.

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