ANA Test

The ANA blood test checks the antinuclear antibody level.

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ANA Test FAQ

What is an ANA Test?

The ANA test is a blood test that measures the level of ANA (Antinuclear Antibody).

Why is an ANA Test important?

The ANA test is a screening test for autoimmune disease. Elevated ANA antibody titers are suspicious for inflammatory and autoimmune disorders such as arthritis and lupus. If your test result is positive, this test will automatically run the ANA reflex titer and pattern.

What type of specimen will I submit?

This ANA Test is a blood test.

Do I need to fast to take this test?

Fasting is not necessary.

How long does it take to get test results?

It typically takes 4 business days or less.

Accesa Labs does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All users should consult with a medical provider for specific health concerns.

Last updated on October 9, 2017

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ANA Blood Test - More Information

The ANA test, sometimes known as an ANA blood test or antinuclear antibody test, measures the ANA blood level.

Antinuclear antibodies (ANA) are proteins produce by the immune system that attach to the nucleus of a cell. Normally, the immune system produces antibodies that bind to and attack foreign invaders. However, when the normal immune processes malfunction, it can lead to the creation of proteins such as ANAs that attack the body's cells themselves.

ANA testing is done to screen for these situations in which the body's immune system is not functioning properly. Examples of when this might occur include autoimmune diseases such as lupus. The ANA test is often performed in the setting of symptoms such as joint pain, weakness or fatigue, and inflammation which might identify the presence of an underlying autoimmune disease.

A positive ANA blood test means that autoantibodies made by the immune system were detected in the blood. This suggests that the immune system is attacking tissues or cells in the body and warrants additional investigation with lab testing and, in most cases, the help of a medical specialist. Most commonly, positive ANA test results are associated with conditions called SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), scleroderma, Sjogren's syndrome and lupus induced by medication use (drug-induced). In contrast, the absence of ANA blood antibodies usually means that SLE is not present.

ANA blood levels are frequently tested at the same time as other antibodies such as the anti-dsDNA test and the Sjogren's test panel. As a result, many of these lab tests are tested in more comprehensive panels like the SLE panel to provide a broader snapshot of the activity of the immune system in causing tissue damage.

Getting this ANA test near you at a Quest Diagnostics lab is a straightforward process. Once you have placed your ANA order, simply visit the selected lab on the day of your test with the ANA lab testing instructions provided. Your ANA lab results will be available electronically and will include a reference range provided by the lab to help you evaluate your ANA levels. On the ANA sample report link provided above, one can see a negative result which indicates that no antinuclear antibodies were detected. In the event that the ANA blood test is positive, an ANA titer and pattern test will automatically be run at no extra charge.

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