Anti SS-A Antibody test is done to diagnose autoimmune diseases and to monitor the progression of autoimmune diseases. It also detects Sjogren syndrome and lupus.
What is Anti SS-A Antibody?
Anti SS-A Antibody test is formally known as Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies (ENA) Panel. It is a lab test that is used for detecting tissue disease, lupus, and Sjogren syndrome.
Why is Anti SS-A Antibody suggested?
The Anti SS-A Antibody test is suggested when the ANA (anti-nuclear antibody test) comes out to be positive. This indicates the presence of an autoimmune disease.
The presence of SS-A Antibody is also related to Sjogren syndrome. The Anti SS-A Antibody test is used to confirm Sjogren syndrome diagnosis.
How is Anti SS-A Antibody performed?
Anti SS-A Antibody test is performed as follows:
- A blood sample is drawn from the patient.
- The blood sample is tested for the presence of Anti SS-A antibodies.
What are the parameters measured in the Anti SS-A Antibody?
Anti SS-A Antibody measures the presence of antibodies in the given test sample.
Finding Anti SS-A antibodies alone may not be conclusive enough. Hence, it is followed by testing of Anti SS-B antibodies to provide a more conclusive diagnosis.
A presence of the SS-A Antibody and elevated levels indicate the following:-
Preparation before performing Anti SS-A Antibody
There is no special preparation required for undergoing a Anti SS-A Antibody test.
Post-care after Anti SS-A Antibody
Anti SS-A Antibody test is a simple procedure. No special care is required post the sample for testing has been given.
A bandage may be required in case blood is drawn.
Sample types in Anti SS-A Antibody
Anti SS-A Antibody test is only done via blood samples of the patient.
Side effects/risks of Anti SS-A Antibody
Anti SS-A Antibody is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.