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Antinuclear antibodies (ANAs) are a type of autoantibody, which are immune proteins that mistakenly target and react with a person's own tissues or organs. ANAs in particular attack the nuclei of cells. This test identifies the presence and patterns of ANAs using a method called Indirect Immunofluorescence (IFA) on human epithelial cells (Hep-2 cells), which are commonly used for ANA testing. It's a crucial part of diagnosing autoimmune disorders, including rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, and scleroderma, among others.


The presence of ANAs in your blood can indicate an autoimmune disorder, but it's important to note that ANAs can also be found in people without any autoimmune disease, particularly in older individuals. This is where pattern identification comes into play. Different patterns can be associated with different autoimmune diseases, providing additional information that can help in diagnosis.

  • Profile Name: Anti Nuclear Antibody (ANA) - IFA - Pattern Identification on Hep-2 Cells Without Titers
  • Sample Type: Serum
  • Preparations Required: No special preparation is required for this test.
  • Report Time: 6 Hours

Why is the Anti Nuclear Antibody (ANA) - IFA - Pattern Identification test important?

This test is critical for the diagnosis and management of various autoimmune diseases. It helps in detecting the presence and patterns of ANAs in your blood, which can provide valuable information about potential autoimmune conditions.

Do I need to fast before this test?

No, fasting is not necessary for this test.

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Frequently Asked Questions

No specific preparation is required for this test.

This test is typically recommended if you have symptoms suggestive of an autoimmune disease, such as joint pain, fatigue, rashes, or fever that has no apparent cause.

This test detects the presence and identifies the patterns of ANAs in your blood, providing insights into potential autoimmune disorders.

The frequency of this test depends on your health status and the progression of any autoimmune condition you may have. Your doctor will guide you based on your condition.

In a healthy individual, ANAs are usually absent or present in low titer. However, the absence or presence alone isn't diagnostic; the patterns of these antibodies are also considered.

There are no specific precautions you need to take before this test.

Yes, certain medications and aging can influence the presence of ANAs in your blood.

You should consult your primary care doctor who may refer you to a rheumatologist for further evaluation and management.

The blood sample for this test is usually taken in a lab setting by a healthcare professional to ensure proper collection and handling of the sample.

The sample is collected via a blood draw, typically from a vein in your arm.

While the ANA test can indicate an autoimmune disorder, it does not specify which one. Further tests are needed to confirm a specific diagnosis.

No, the ANA test is part of a larger diagnostic process. While the test can show the presence and patterns of ANAs, further investigations are needed for a definitive diagnosis.

A positive ANA test indicates the presence of antinuclear antibodies in your blood. This could be due to an autoimmune disease, but it can also occur in healthy individuals, especially as they age.

Getting an Anti Nuclear Antibody (ANA) - IFA - Pattern Identification on Hep-2 Cells Without Titers test can provide valuable insights into your health, especially if you are experiencing symptoms suggestive of an autoimmune disease. If you have any concerns or questions regarding this test, consult with your doctor. Early detection and appropriate treatment of autoimmune diseases can help manage symptoms and improve the quality of life.

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