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IHC - CD1a

The IHC - CD1a test is an immunohistochemistry (IHC) test that detects the presence of the CD1a antigen in tissue samples. This test is primarily used in the diagnosis and classification of certain types of cancers, particularly lymphomas and leukemias, as well as some non-cancerous skin diseases like Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

CD1a is a protein that is expressed on the surface of certain cells, including Langerhans cells (a type of immune cell) and some types of leukemia cells. The IHC - CD1a test uses antibodies that bind specifically to the CD1a antigen, making it visible under a microscope. This can help to identify the presence and location of these cells in a tissue sample.

  • Test NameIHC - CD1a
  • Sample TypeTissue
  • Preparations RequiredNo special preparation is needed
  • Report Time3 days

What is an IHC - CD1a test?

IHC - CD1a test is a type of diagnostic test used to detect the presence and location of the CD1a antigen in tissue samples. This is primarily useful in diagnosing and classifying certain types of cancers, and some non-cancerous skin diseases.

What does it mean if my test results are positive?

A positive test result means that the CD1a antigen was detected in the tissue sample. This is seen in certain types of leukemia and lymphomas, as well as in Langerhans cell histiocytosis. Your doctor will interpret the results in the context of your overall health and symptoms.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The test is performed on a tissue sample, usually obtained through a biopsy. The sample is treated with specific antibodies that bind to the CD1a antigen. These antibodies are then detected and visualized under a microscope.

No special preparation is needed for this test. You should follow any instructions given to you by your healthcare provider regarding the biopsy procedure.

The turnaround time for the IHC - CD1a test is typically 2-3 days, but this can vary depending on the laboratory.

If your test results are positive, it's important to discuss them with your doctor. They can interpret the results in the context of your overall health and symptoms and guide you on the next steps.

The IHC - CD1a test may be used alongside other tests and examinations to monitor the progress of treatment, especially in cases of cancers where the CD1a antigen is expressed.

The risks associated with the IHC - CD1a test are minimal and are primarily related to the biopsy procedure used to obtain the tissue sample.

Yes, in addition to certain types of cancers, the IHC - CD1a test can also be used to diagnose some non-cancerous skin diseases, such as Langerhans cell histiocytosis.

The reliability of the IHC - CD1a test is high, but like any test, it's not 100% accurate. False positive and false negative results can occur. Therefore, this test is usually used in conjunction with other diagnostic tests.

The IHC - CD1a test can be performed on individuals of any age or gender, based on the clinical requirement.

A negative result means that no CD1a antigen was detected in the tissue sample. This could mean that the patient does not have the disease being tested for, or that the disease is not active at the time of testing.

The presence or absence of the CD1a antigen can provide useful information about the nature of the disease, but it is not a definitive predictor of disease outcome or progression.

No, the IHC - CD1a test requires a tissue sample, typically obtained through a biopsy, and must be performed in a laboratorysetting.

Yes, the IHC - CD1a test can be performed in pediatric patients, based on clinical indications. The need for this test and the interpretation of the results should be managed by a healthcare professional.

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