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HLA B-27, Flowcytometry

Overview Brief

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test is done to detect the presence of human leukocyte antigen proteins in the bloodstream. [1]

What is HLA B-27, Flowcytometry?

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test is a lab test which is used to test the presence of human leukocyte antigen. The presence of the HLA-B27 is associated with immune system dysfunction.

Why is HLA B-27, Flowcytometry suggested?

The HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test is suggested in two scenarios, for monitoring disease progression and for the purpose of diagnosis.[1]

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test is ordered for diagnostic purposes when the following symptoms are present[2]:

  • Presence of unexplained and constant joint pain.
  • Presence of swelling and stiffness in the spine, neck or chest.
  • Unexplained inflammation in the joints or urethra accompanied by skin lesions.
  • Recurrent eye inflammation.

How is HLA B-27, Flowcytometry performed?

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test is performed as follows:

  • A blood sample is drawn from the patient.
  • The blood sample is tested for the presence of HLA-B27 antigen.

What are the parameters measured in HLA B-27, Flowcytometry?

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test detects the presence of HLA-B27 Antigen[2]:

  • A positive test result indicates the presence of the antigen and an increased risk of autoimmune diseases.
  • A negative test result may not be conclusive of the absence of the antigen.

Preparation before performing HLA B-27, Flowcytometry

The following points need to be taken into consideration before the HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test:-

  • The patient must visit the doctor to discuss all the details of symptoms and medical history.
  • If the patient has experienced any prior problems in taking blood tests, they must inform the doctor before taking the test.

Post-care after HLA B-27, Flowcytometry

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry 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 HLA B-27, Flowcytometry

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry test is done only by the use of blood samples of patients.

Side effects/risks of HLA B-27, Flowcytometry

HLA B-27, Flowcytometry is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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