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Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry

Overview Brief

Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry test is done to detect the presence of human leukocyte antigen proteins in the bloodstream. [1]

What is Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry?

Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry test is a lab test which is used to test the presence of human leukocyte antigen. The presence of the HLA is associated with immune system dysfunction.

 

Why is Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry suggested?

The Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry test is suggested in two scenarios, for monitoring disease progression and for the purpose of diagnosis.[1]

Human Leukocyte Antigen, 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 Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry performed?

Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry test is performed as follows:

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

What are the parameters measured in Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry?

Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry test detects the presence of HLA 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 Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry

The following points need to be taken into consideration before the Human Leukocyte Antigen, 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 Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry

Human Leukocyte Antigen, 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 Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry

Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry test is done only by the use of blood samples of patients.

Side effects/risks of Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry

Human Leukocyte Antigen, Flowcytometry is a simple lab test hence, there are no side effects or risks of undergoing the test.

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