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Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) are found in people whose immune system cannot distinguish between its own healthy cells and those of foreign invaders, giving rise to an immune attack on proteins in the nucleus of the body's own cells (hence 'antinuclear').
Antibodies that are directed against the body's own cells are referred to as auto-antibodies and the tendency of the immune system to attack its own body is called autoimmunity. The presence of antinuclear antibodies in the blood is an indicator of autoimmunity and this test is used to help investigate autoimmune disease.
The detection of antinuclear antibodies is most commonly seen in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). However, ANAs are also seen in other autoimmune conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and Sjögren's syndrome
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Our tests are not a substitute for seeing your doctor, especially if you are suffering symptoms. Our doctors will interpret your results based on the information you have provided, but will not diagnose, consult or provide any treatment. You will be advised to see your doctor for any necessary follow-up action.
Antinuclear antibodies are produced by the immune system when it fails to distinguish between its own cells and foreign invaders such as bacteria and viruses. Antinuclear antibodies attack proteins inside the body's own healthy cells and cause symptoms such as inflammation, joint pain and fatigue.
A high level of antinuclear antibodies in the blood may indicate an autoimmune disorder but alone can’t be used to diagnose a particular autoimmune disorder.
We will send you your Antinuclear Antibodies blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Antinuclear Antibodies test includes 1st class postage and packaging for you to send your blood sample directly to our laboratory for analysis. If you live in an area where you cannot rely on the post or you simply want to ensure that your sample arrives at the laboratory the following day, you may wish to send your blood sample guaranteed next day delivery for extra reassurance.
Your blood sample will be analysed at one of our chosen laboratories. You can be assured of fast, accurate results from one of our accredited independent providers of clinical diagnostic tests.
Our medical team will comment on out-of-range blood test results and give you follow-up advice where necessary. If you need it, a PDF copy of your Antinuclear Antibodies test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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