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Antibody tests are a set of blood tests that check for specific 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.
Other Works Consulted
Crow MK (2016). Systemic lupus erythematosus. In L Goldman, A Shafer, eds., Goldman-Cecil Medicine, 24th ed., vol. 2, pp. 1769–1777. Philadelphia: Saunders.
Hahn BH (2015). Systemic lupus erythematosus. In DL Kasper et al., eds., Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 19th ed., vol. 2, pp. 2124–2134. New York: McGraw-Hill Education.
Current as ofJune 10, 2018
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal MedicineMartin J. Gabica, MD - Family MedicineE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal MedicineKathleen Romito, MD - Family MedicineNancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Rheumatology
Current as of:
June 10, 2018
Medical Review:Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Nancy Ann Shadick, MD, MPH - Rheumatology
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