Abbrevation: Anti- ss-B - La
Transport: at 2-8˚c, -20˚c
Storage: 5 day at 2-8˚c for longer time at -20˚c
Test Name: Anti SSB (La) Ab
Normal Range: < 1Negative 1 Borderline >1 Positive
To help diagnose and distinguish between autoimmune disorders as well as to monitor autoimmune disease progression
When your antinuclear antibody (ANA) test is positive; when you have symptoms that suggest an autoimmune disorder; when monitoring the activity of an autoimmune disorder
A blood sample taken from a vein in your arm
An extractable nuclear antigen (ENA) panel detects the presence of one or more autoantibodies in the blood that react with proteins in the cell nucleus. These proteins are known as "extractable" because they can be removed from cell nuclei using saline.
Autoantibodies are produced when a person's immune system mistakenly targets and attacks the body's own tissues. This attack can cause inflammation, tissue damage, and other signs and symptoms that are associated with an autoimmune disorder.
Certain autoimmune disorders are characteristically associated with the presence of one or more anti-ENA antibodies. This association can be used to help diagnose an autoimmune disorder and to distinguish between disorders.
The ENA panel typically consists of a group of 4 or 6 autoantibody tests. The number of tests performed will depend on the laboratory and the needs of the health practitioners and patients it serves. Individual ENA panel tests can also be requested separately.
How is the sample collected for testing?
A blood sample is obtained by inserting a needle into a vein in the arm.
Is any test preparation needed to ensure the quality of the sample?
No test preparation is needed.