What is an Antinuclear antibody test?
The purpose of an Antinuclear test is to evaluate antinuclear antibodies in the blood. This test helps to detect autoimmune disorders such as autoimmune hepatitis, lupus, juvenile arthritis, mixed tissue disease etc.
When to get tested?
You need to get an Antinuclear antibody test, If you having symptoms of autoimmune disorder including
- Muscle pain
- Joint swelling
A blood sample will be collected. Antinuclear antibody test book online facilities are available.
No specific preparation is needed.
- A negative result indicates no antinuclear antigen has been found.
- A positive result indicates you are likely to have autoimmune disorder such as autoimmune hepatitis, autoimmune thyroid diseases, systemic lupus erythematosus, polymyositis or dermatomyositis, and others.
Although, a positive result does not always mean autoimmune disorder. Fever, some medication, and other health conditions can cause a positive result. It is always better to ask your doctor what the test result means for you. Find an Antinuclear antibody (ANA) test near you to get the test done.