CD20 is a protein found in the white blood cells of the human body which can be found in more amounts in some individuals with diseases like lymphomas and leukemia.
What is CD20?
CD20 is an activated glycosylated phosphoprotein found on the surface of all the b-cells of white blood cells. CD20 test is used for diagnosis of patients with higher amounts of CD20 in their body due to cancer treatment.
Why is CD20 suggested?
CD20 is suggested when certain symptoms are experienced like:
- Abdominal pain.
- Fever. (1)
How is CD20 performed?
CD20 is performed by following the steps below:
- Alcohol pad is first used to clean the area on the skin.
- Skin is pricked for collecting blood samples from the patient.
- Blood sample is sent to the labs for examination.
- The samples are tested for the CD20 count and results are sent to the patient.
CD20 test is a short procedure and the patient can go home once it is over.
What are the parameters measured in CD20?
The parameters measured in CD20 test is the count of CD20 in the bloodstream of the patient. A higher count of CD20 indicates diseases like leukemia.
Preparation before performing CD20
The preparation before performing CD20 test is mentioned below:
- Inform the doctor about your medical history.
- Do not change your regular diet before the procedure.
- Follow the doctor’s instructions.
Post-care after CD20
The post-care after CD20 are:
- Take proper rest.
- Inform the doctor when further symptoms are experienced.
Sample types in CD20
The sample types in CD20 are:
Side effects of CD20
The side effects experienced during the CD20 test are:
- Little pain during the CD20 test.
- Discomfort or dizziness after the blood is drawn from the patient.