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Overview

Autoimmune disorders if left unchecked can increase the severity of the condition. Sjogren syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that affects the mucous membranes and the glands producing moisture in the body.  SS-B (La) IgG Antibody is the most common test suggested for a differential diagnosis for the same.

What is SS-B (La) IgG Antibody?

SS-B (La) IgG Antibody is an autoantibody directed against one of the four Extractable Nuclear Antigens (ENA) most commonly found in most autoimmune diseases. Immunoglobin G (IgG) is the most common type of antibody present in the Human blood and most commonly present in the case of chronic diseases. Hence, SS-B IgG is the most useful for chronic Sjögren’s Syndrome.

Why is SS-B (La) IgG Antibody suggested?

SS-B (La) IgG Antibody is suggested if you have the following symptoms:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Dry mouth
  • Vaginal dryness in the case of females
  • Tiredness and Joint pain[1]

 

How is SS-B (La) IgG Antibody performed?

It is a simple blood test that requires:

  • Taking a sample from a vein in your arm.
  • The sample is then separated to extract blood and serum, testing the serum for SS-B (La) IgG Antibody.

What are the parameters measured in SS-B (La) IgG Antibody[1]?

Presence or absence of the SS-B (La) IgG Antibody is measured, and the following results are given:

  • Positive (= or > 1 IU)
  • Negative (< 1 IU)

Preparation before performing SS-B (La) IgG Antibody

No specific preparation is required before the SS-B (La) IgG Antibody.

Post-care after SS-B (La) IgG Antibody

SS-B (La) IgG Antibody requires no special post-care.

Sample types in SS-B (La) IgG Antibody

One type of sample is collected for SS-B (La) IgG Antibody, which is a blood sample that is most commonly collected from a vein in the arm.

Side effects/ risks of SS-B (La) IgG Antibody

SS-B (La) IgG Antibody is a simple blood test and carries no major side effects/risks. Slight pain and soreness may be experienced by some on the site of sampling.

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