Antibody tests are a set of blood tests that check for
antibodies to help clarify the diagnosis of
lupus. They include:
These antibody tests are often positive in lupus and can
provide support for a diagnosis if the clinical criteria are unclear or if the
ANA test is negative but lupus is strongly suspected.
Anti-dsDNA tests can be repeated at intervals to monitor how
the disease is progressing.
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May 10, 2012
Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Internal Medicine, Rheumatology
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