Antinuclear Antibody (ANA) Test

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Also known as: Fluorescent antinuclear antibody (FANA), ANA ELISA
Related tests: Anti-dsDNA antibodies, anti-Sm antibodies, Sjögren's syndrome antigen (SSA, SSB); Scl-70 antibodies; anti-centromere antibodies; anti-histone antibodies; anti-RNP antibodies, PM-Scl, Anti-Jo-1 antibodies, Anti-PL-7, PL12, Anti SRP

At a Glance

Why Get Tested?

To help diagnose systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), drug induces SLE-like syndrome, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma and  certain other autoimmune connective tissue diseases.

When to Get Tested?

If your doctor thinks that you have symptoms of SLE, drug-induced lupus, Sjogren's syndrome, scleroderma or another autoimmune connective tissue disease

Sample Required?

A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm

Test Preparation Needed?

None needed; however, some drugs interfere with the test, so tell your doctor about any medications you are taking.