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Immunology

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Nuclear Antibodies

Also known as: ANA

Antinuclear antibodies are associated with a variety of autoimmune and non autoimmune conditions. ANAs may be used as a screening test for connective tissue disease (CTDs), and are a sensitive marker of systemic lupus erythematosus; occurring in virtually all patients with untreated disease. A negative ANA on HEp-2 cells effectively excludes untreated SLE. Presence of ANAs in significant titre (>1/80) is not specific for SLE, occurring in up to 15 - 50% of patients with other autoimmune diseases e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, Sjogren's, dermatomyositis. The ANA titre is of little value in monitoring SLE disease activity, as the antibodies have an in-vivo half life of 3 - 4 weeks.

Specimen requirements

Serum or plasma - 1ml

Cost

Price on application

Laboratory turnaround time

3 days

Laboratory method

Indirect Immunofluorescence on Hep-2 Cells

Reference range/units

Titre with pattern identified

Normal Range = 0 - 1/80 titre

Associated tests

  • ENA Screen
  • Autoantibody Screen
  • dsDNA

Shipping and storage

UK and Ireland

Ambient temperature and first class post. Hays DX users please enquire via email below.

International

Ambient temperature if courier will deliver within 72 hours otherwise consider refrigerated transport. Freezing is not a requirement.

Ensure delivery Monday to Friday 07:00 - 17:30.

Further information and contact details

For further information, email immunology.office@nhs.net