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Autoantibody tests are used to investigate chronic progressive arthritis type symptoms and/or unexplained fevers, fatigue, muscle weakness and rashes.
Auto-immune disorders are a group of conditions in which the immune system attacks the body's own tissues as if they were a foreign substance. The reaction is similar to those that occur in allergies except the hypersensitivity response is to the self rather than the non-self.
Genetic factors may play a role and women are more frequently affected than men.
Auto-immune disorders can affect the adrenal glands (Addisons Disease), red blood cells (a type of haemolytic anaemia), pancreas (Diabetes Mellitus type 1), thyroid (Graves Disease and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis), muscle receptors (Myaesthenia Gravis), liver (Chronic Hepatitis), sperm and ovary (Auto-immune Infertility) and more.
A single autoantibody test is not diagnostic, but may give clues as to whether a particular disorder is likely or unlikely to be present. Each autoantibody result should be considered individually and as part of the group.
We send you an easy-to-use kit to collect your blood sample.
Post your sample to our lab in the prepaid envelope provided.
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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.
Thyroid peroxidase is an enzyme which is produced in the thyroid gland and is important for converting T4 to the biologically active T3. This test looks for antibodies to thyroid peroxidase (TPOAb) in the blood which indicates that the body's immune system is attacking the thyroid gland and impairing its function.
Raised levels of thyroid peroxidase antibodies are often found in Hashimoto's disease (underactive thyroid) and can sometimes be detected before any symptoms are reported.
Raised levels are also found in over half the cases of Graves' disease (overactive thyroid).
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 Autoantibody Profile 1 blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Autoantibody Profile 1 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 Autoantibody Profile 1 test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
Once you have placed your order you will receive login details to mymedichecks.com where you can manage your account, track your orders and view your Autoantibody Profile 1 test results.
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