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Acetyl Choline Receptor Antibody test helps a person and the doctor to know the level of acetylcholine in the body.

Acetylcholine is a chemical compound that helps in the contraction of muscles. It transmits signals in the neurons along the synapses. Acetylcholine receptor antibody occurs in the blood of a person who suffers from a disease known as myasthenia gravis [1]. This antibody affects the normal functioning of acetylcholine. Therefore, the test is useful to determine the Acetylcholine receptor antibody level.

Why the test is necessary?

  • The test helps to diagnose the disease myasthenia gravis.
  • A person suffers from drooping eyelids and double vision.
  • Difficulty in swallowing and muscle weakness.

A laboratory assistant may use the following steps to perform the test.

  • Draw the blood sample of the patient.
  • Test the blood sample to know the level of the acetylcholine receptor antibodies.
  • Get a printed copy of the results on a paper.

A level of less than 0.05nmol/L is generally acceptable.

The test measures the concentration of acetylcholine receptor antibodies.

Side effects and risks pertaining to the test are:

  • Infection due to unsterilized needles.
  • Bruising at the site of blood withdrawal.

Prior preparation is a necessary step to follow.

  • There are no special steps to follow for the preparation of the acetylcholine receptor antibody test.

Post- care measures are important to follow.

  • The doctor gives the instruction for a high level of acetylcholine receptor antibodies.
  • Follow the instructions carefully to eliminate the problem.

The sample for the test can be in the following form:

  • A blood sample from the elbow vein or back of the hand. 

Side effects and risks pertaining to the test are:

  • Infection due to unsterilized needles.
  • Bruising at the site of blood withdrawal.

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