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The Gastric Parietal Atntibodies test measures the presence of antibodies against the parietal cells of the stomach. This means that the body's immune sytstem is attacking the cells which make intrinsic factor which is necessary for the absorption of vitamin B12 from our food.
Gastric parietal antibodies are present in individuals with autoimmune gastritis and pernicious anaemia. However they are not specific for these conditions, as they may be also found in healthy individuals, particularly with increased age, and in those with other autoimmune conditions.
Some individuals with gastric parietal autoantibodies may remain asymptomatic, but a small proportion may go on to develop pernicious anaemia.
If the screen for gastric parietal autoantibodies is positive then antibodies to intrinsic factor should be be performed. Full blood count and vitamin B12 levels should be used to aid diagnosis of pernicious anaemia and for monitoring.
This test is for individuals who have been diagnosed with vitamin B12 deficiency and wish to identify whether an autoimmune condition is the cause.
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.
We will send you your Gastric Parietal Autoantibodies blood test sample collection kit together with the details of a convenient clinic where you can go and have your sample taken.
Your Gastric Parietal Autoantibodies 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 Gastric Parietal Autoantibodies test results can be downloaded for your doctor.
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