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Overview Brief

Anti SS-B 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-B Antibody?

Anti SS-B Antibody test is formally known as Extractable Nuclear Antigen Antibodies (ENA) Panel. It is a lab test that is used for detecting connective tissue disease, lupus, and Sjogren syndrome.[1]

Why is Anti SS-B Antibody suggested?

The Anti SS-B 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-B Antibody is also related to Sjogren syndrome. The Anti SS-B Antibody test is used to confirm Sjogren syndrome diagnosis and connective tissue diseases.

How is Anti SS-B Antibody performed?

Anti SS-B 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-B antibodies.

What are the parameters measured in the Anti SS-B Antibody?

Anti SS-B Antibody test measures the presence of antibodies in the given test sample.[2]

A presence of the Anti SS-B Antibody and elevated levels indicate the following:-

  • Possibility of connective tissue diseases.
  • Confirmation of Sjogren Syndrome, if anti-SS-A antibodies are also present.
  • The possibility of lupus erythematosus.

Preparation before performing Anti SS-B Antibody

There is no special preparation required for undergoing a Anti SS-B Antibody test.

Post-care after Anti SS-B Antibody

Anti SS-B 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-B Antibody

Anti SS-B Antibody test is done only by the use of blood samples of patients.

Side effects/risks of Anti SS-B Antibody

Anti SS-B Antibody is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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